Ref Watch: Arsenal’s David Luiz correctly sent off against Chelsea, says Dermot Gallagher | Football News

Dermot Gallagher

Former Premier League referee

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Last Updated: 23/01/20 1:59pm

David Luiz brings down Tammy Abraham and receives a straight red

David Luiz was correctly sent off according to the laws of the game in Arsenal’s draw with Chelsea, says Dermot Gallagher in the latest edition of Ref Watch.

After another busy mid-week round of Premier League action, Dermot was on Sky Sports News for his review of the big decisions.

Read on for Dermot’s verdict from the latest games…

Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal

INCIDENT: With the game at 0-0, the Gunners’ chances were dealt a severe blow midway through the first half when Luiz was sent off after taking out Tammy Abraham when he was through on goal after Shkodran Mustafi’s woeful backpass. The referee deemed it a deliberate attempt to stop a clear goalscoring opportunity, so awarded the penalty and dismissed the former Chelsea player.

DERMOT SAYS: It’s a red card. It’s very difficult to deem an upper body challenge as a genuine attempt to play the ball. If you push or lean into somebody you run that risk. If you go with your feet then it would have been easier to argue he’d gone for the ball. Stuart Attwell has done remarkably well as Mustafi is the covering player and it looks like he’s got back to cover. But, at the point of contact, he’s way off the line and Abraham would have rolled the ball into the net.


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