Officials wrong to send David Luiz off, says former Premier League referee Clattenburg
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Officials wrong to send David Luiz off, says former Premier League referee Clattenburg

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg believes the officials were wrong to send off David Luiz.

Luiz was sent off for a foul on Willian Jose just before half time with the centre referee Craig Pawson awarding a penalty to Wolves. Ruben Neves stepped up and canceled out Nicolas Pepe's opener before Joao Moutinho netted the winning goal after the restart of the second half. 

"David Luiz was incorrectly sent off after giving away a penalty at Wolves — it should have been a yellow card," said Clattenburg. 

"The Brazilian made accidental contact with Willian Jose as he ran clear on goal and that caused the forward to fall. No one can dispute it was a foul and the award of a penalty was the right decision."

"A law exists that protects teams from conceding a penalty and losing a player to a red card if a genuine attempt to play the ball has been made. Luiz was genuinely trying to get back on terms with Jose and it was an accidental foul."

 
"This type of incident is accepted as a penalty and yellow card. Referee Craig Pawson and VAR Jon Moss got it wrong."

"The law was meant to see players sent off after conceding a penalty only if they had deliberately fouled an opponent to deny a clear scoring opportunity. Arsenal and Luiz should feel aggrieved. They can, however, have no complaints about goalkeeper Bernd Leno being red-carded for deliberate handball."

"He denied a clear goalscoring opportunity by using his hand outside the penalty area."

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