Antonio Conte Believes David Luiz Didn’t Deserve Red Card

Antonio Conte Believes David Luiz Didn’t Deserve Red Card
Sep 18, 2017

Chelsea News

The headline-grabbing moment of Sunday’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and Arsenal was the red card awarded to David Luiz for a studs-up challenge on Sead Kolašinac. However, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his player shouldn’t have been sent off, instead suggesting that he deserved a foul before the incident.

Luiz’s suspension will see him miss Chelsea’s crunch clash against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in two weeks time. While Conte will be able to choose from a plethora of potential replacements for the Brazilian, he has become very important at Stamford Bridge over the past year, and his loss will be considered a bitter disadvantage.

Speaking after the game, Conte told ESPN: “You know very well that I don’t like to comment on refereeing decisions. It is in the past. Now the only thing I can say is it is very important to see what happened before the David Luiz tackle.”

“For sure, that was a foul. For sure. But, I repeat, the referee took this decision. If he stopped the play before, it wouldn’t matter. Do you think we are becoming bad? For sure, it’s strange, no? A strange situation. But in normal situations, we have to improve. In tactical situations, physical situations, you need to try and improve.”

“Also, you have to be luckier in the future. I was a player and I think it can happen, this type of period if you are not so lucky and receive red cards.”

“In the end, we’ll try to pay more attention in the future. I hope, also, to be more lucky with the refereeing decisions — for us, and also for the opponents. Sometimes [this season] the opponents deserved a red card but, instead, they carry on playing with 11 men.”


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