The Football Association have confirmed that David Luiz’s red card against Wolves will stand after Arsenal’s appeal was dismissed.
The Brazilian, who will now miss Saturday’s match at Aston Villa, was given his marching orders in stoppage time of the first half at Molineux after referee Craig Pawson adjudged him to have fouled striker Willian Jose.
Replays showed contact was both minimal and instigated by the Wolves player but his protests fell on deaf ears despite a VAR review.
After the game, Mikel Arteta decided it was worth trying to get the decision overturned. It hasn’t worked.
Arsenal released the following statement: “The Football Association have confirmed to us that the red card given to David Luiz on Tuesday against Wolverhampton Wanderers will stand.
“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.”
On the same night that Luiz was sent off, Southampton’s Jan Bednarek suffered a similar double-jeopardy moment at Old Trafford. The Pole conceded a penalty and was sent off in the closing stages of a 9-0 defeat.
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) February 4, 2021
The FA have confirmed his red card has been overturned. Go figure.