Mark Clattenburg says David Luiz red card decision was wrong after Arsenal defeat to Wolves

David Luiz was sent off in Arsenal's 2-1 loss to Wolves
David Luiz was sent off in Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Wolves (AP)

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg believes David Luiz’s red card in Arsenal’s defeat to Wolves was the wrong decision.

The Brazilian defender was sent off shortly before half time after he clipped Wolves striker Willian Jose inside Arsenal’s penalty area.

Arsenal, who were beaten 2-1 by Wolves, were furious with the decision and plan to appeal the decision, which was made with the help of VAR.

And Clattenburg believes David Luiz committed an ‘accidental foul’ which should have resulted in a yellow card.

‘No one can dispute it was a foul and the award of a penalty was the right decision,’ Clattenburg wrote in his column for MailOnline.

‘However, 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.

Arsenal defender David Luiz faces a one-game ban for his red card against Wolves
David Luiz faces a one-game ban for his red card against Wolves (AFP via Getty)

‘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.’

Speaking after the defeat, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: ‘

‘I looked at seven different angles and I cannot see any contact there.

‘To play with 10 men for 45 minutes in the Premier League without your centre-back, against this opposition, of course it changes the game.

‘It was a big decision, if they got it right and can justify they got it right I put my hand up and apologise. The way we lost the game is where it really hurts, it’s painful.’

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