Saying that the referee’s decision was both harsh and game-defining, Liverpool lodged an ardent appeal this evening against David Luiz’ red card during Chelsea’s match against Arsenal.
The Brazilian defender received his marching orders towards the end of Chelsea’s home match against the Gunners on Sunday for a reckless challenge on Sead Kolasinac, a decision which was quickly condemned by Liverpool fans across social media.
The decision was also criticised by Liverpool officials, who immediately lodged an appeal with the Premier League to overturn the red card.
“Once again, a referee’s decision has changed the course of a game,” said a spokesperson for the Reds today. “David Luiz is the victim of a trigger-happy official intent on removing all remnants of physicality from this game.”
“If players are no longer free to fling their limbs around without concern then what sort of sport do we really have here? We’re confident that our appeal will be heard by the league and that David Luiz will be eligible to play for Chelsea in their next game.”
At press time, thousands of Liverpool fans had criticised the referee and Arsenal’s Bosnian defender, who many claim endangered Luiz by running with his ankles so close to the ground.