MARK CLATTENBURG: I'm AMAZED David Luiz was spared from a red card

MARK CLATTENBURG: I’m AMAZED David Luiz was spared from a red card after Oliver Burke pull… it was another VAR blunder and the Arsenal man had to go

  • Arsenal ran out narrow 2-1 winners over Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon 
  • It could have been a very different game if error-prone David Luiz had seen red
  • The Brazilian tugged back Oliver Burke through on goal in the fifth minute 
  • VAR failed to instruct Lee Mason to show red – a mistake in my opinion  

Arsenal should have been down to 10 men from the fifth minute and I’m amazed VAR Andre Marriner did not recommend to referee Lee Mason that David Luiz is shown red. 

At the very least, Mason should have been advised to consult his pitch-side monitor. 

Two weeks ago, everyone accepted Andreas Christensen deserved red for pulling back Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, even though Chelsea’s goalkeeper was close to the situation. 

David Luiz was lucky to escape a red card after a pull on Sheffield United’s Oliver Burke 

The Brazilian tugged the forward back in the fifth minute of Arsenal’s 2-1 win over the Blades

Here, Oliver Burke looks to escape David Luiz, who is the last man and tugs on his shirt. 

Arsenal’s goalkeeper comes out to clear but Burke would have got to the ball had he not been held back. 

With no covering defenders, Luiz should have gone. Later in the game, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was caught in a challenge by Sander Berge. 

Yellow was the right call. Berge’s point of contact was on Aubameyang’s foot, but there was no malice in his attempt to win the ball. 

Luiz stayed on and helped keep Sheffield United at bay at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon

Lee Mason shows a yellow card to Sander Berge after a foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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