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Why Arsenal's appeal to overturn David Luiz's red card was denied but Southampton's wasn't

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Arsenal fans on social media are absolutely furious after the FA decided to reject our appeal to overturn David Luiz’s red card.

The Brazilian was sent off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity against Wolves on Tuesday. The decision then caused an uproar among supporters, but many were confident that an appeal would see his red card rescinded.

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Sadly, the FA have decided against it and Luiz will miss Saturday’s game against Aston Villa.

To add to Arsenal fans’ rage, the FA overturned Jan Bednarek’s red card which he also received for denying a goalscoring opportunity against Manchester United earlier this week.

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The Southampton man, like Luiz, was wrongly sent off according to many people, and his red card was rightly overturned, while Arsenal’s was rejected almost immediately.

That has left a number of fans baffled, but the FA’s rules explain why Luiz’s appeal wasn’t overturned, but Bednarek’s was.

Law 12 in the FA’s official website states: “Where a player commits an offence against an opponent within their own penalty area which denies an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and the referee awards a penalty kick, the offending player is cautioned if the offence was an attempt to play the ball.

“In all other circumstances (e.g. holding, pulling, pushing, no possibility to play the ball etc.) the offending player must be sent off.”

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Are the FA right to deny Luiz’s appeal?

Luiz was behind Willian Jose and had zero chance of getting the ball. However, he didn’t attempt to make a challenge and if anything, it was the Wolves striker who caught the Arsenal man’s knee, not the other way around.

Bednarek, on the other hand, looked like he was going for the ball but there was no way he was getting there – unless he magically turned into Usain Bolt.

Luiz has every reason to feel hard done by. Giving Wolves a penalty was harsh enough, but to send the Brazilian off for that was absurd.

The FA could’ve set a precedent here by overturning the red card and changing the rules. They decided against it and all we can do now is accept it, move on and prepare ourselves to be in a similar position in a few weeks’ time.

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