Chelsea legend John Terry has come to the defence of his former team mate, and now Arsenal Defender, David Luiz, following the Brazilian’s sending off against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night.
Luiz received his marching orders in Arsenal colours for the third time in his short North-London career, after tripping Wolves attacker Willian Jose in the box on the stroke of half time. Ruben Neves calmly converted the resultant penalty to draw the Midlands club level in the game.
Referee Craig Pawson’s decision to award a penalty, and also send Luiz off immediately became a subject of controversy, as the numerical advantage proved decisive when Joao Moutinho converted later on to put Wolves 2-1 ahead, and eventually see the game out for a much needed three points.
Speaking to Newsmen shortly after the game, former Premier League referee Peter Walton admitted that the Arsenal defender did not mean to commit the foul, but the referee on the night only had to apply the rules which resulted in the sending-off.
He said, “Intent doesn’t come into the law because you can’t read what’s in a player’s mind,”
“So, you’re going by his actions and his actions there were rather careless.
“In terms of bringing the player down, yes, he doesn’t make an attempt on the ball – that’s the important thing – had he have made an attempt on the ball, it would be a yellow card plus a penalty kick.
“But because he hasn’t made an attempt on the ball, and the ball is not within playing distance, that becomes a red card and Craig Pawson has no opportunity to give a yellow.
“It has to be a red card and a penalty kick.
“If I can just add: that’s the third time I think David Luiz has been sent off for a similar offence, so you say players should learn and understand, maybe so.”
In a lengthy Instagram post, John Terry however disagreed with the Referee’s decision.
“Never a red card!” he wrote in response to a user’s comment. “Double jeopardy.
“Anyone who has ever played the game can see David never attempts to play the ball!!!
“He actually pulls out of the challenge.
“Which means penalty but no red card, you obviously don’t play and also check the rules yourself.”