David Luiz remains banned as FA demises Arsenal’s Appeal


David Luiz will remain banned for a game over his professional foul on Wolves’ Willian Jose on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. The English FA has demise Arsenal’s appeal over the red card referee Craig Pawson showed the 33-year-old Brazil defender during the Premier League match involving Arsenal and Wolves.

On Tuesday, Arsenal played against Wolves in a Premier League game which ought to be a win or a draw for Arsenal based on their form before the match. Unfortunately for coach Mikel Arteta and his boys, Wolves proved to be more committed to winning the game than the Gunners.

At the end of the game, Wolves won 2-1 and left Arsenal with two players on red cards. The red card that was awarded to Arsenal’s goalkeeper, Bernd Leno in the 72nd minute for handling the ball outside the box-eighteen, did not pain Mikel Arteta as much as the one awarded to David Luiz towards the end of the first half.

After the game, Mikel Arteta told the media how unfair the decision to award a red card to Luiz was and how he has watched the incident that led to the red card severally but couldn’t see why Luiz had to be set off.

David Luiz protesting against his red card on Tuesday.
David Luiz protesting against his red card on Tuesday.

At the end of the day, Mikel Arteta insisted that Arsenal would appeal the red card awarded to the defender and hoped that the English FA would overturn the decision of referee Craig Pawson.

Unfortunately for the coach and Arsenal as a whole, the English FA agreed with the decision of the referee just like how the Video Assistant referee agreed with the decision of the referee during the game.

In reaction to the decision of the FA to demise Arsenal’s appeal over the red card awarded to David Luiz, the club issued a statement today, February 4, 2021, to explain how disappointed the club felt for the unsuccessful appeal.

Despite being disappointed that David Luiz would have to miss the Arsenal league match against Aston Villa on Saturday, February 6, Arsenal said the club has accepted the verdict of the FA.

“The Football Association have confirmed to us that the red card given to David Luiz on Tuesday against Wolverhampton Wanderers will stand”, Arsenal’s statement read.

“We have worked really hard to overturn David Luiz’s red card. We presented our case to the FA but are disappointed that our appeal has been unsuccessful.

“We accept the FA’s decision and continue our preparations for Saturday’s match against Aston Villa.”


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