Sir Alex Ferguson accuses David Luiz of “dying swan” impression
It’s a good job that Manchester United already have the Premier League title in the bag. Sir Alex Ferguson saw Chelsea win 1-0 in Sunday although the Red Devils manager was enraged by David Luiz’s theatrics at the end of the game.
May 6th, 2013
With the Blues having snatched a late winner thanks to Juan Mata’s effort, Chelsea were keen to see out the match, with David Luiz appearing to elbow Rafael da Silva before the United defender saw red for lashing out at his compatriot.
Luiz appeared to be smiling as he lay on the ground following the challenge and Ferguson clearly felt that the central defender was culpable for his part in proceedings.
“The ref has been bought by the fact Luiz is rolling about,” he said. “But whether the ref will do anything about it, I doubt very much. When a player retaliates he gets punished the most. Luiz rolled about. You see that with these European, foreign and South American players.
“He [Da Silva] retaliates but Luiz quite clearly elbows him twice, then rolls about like a diving swan and that convinces the referee. He was smiling. It’s bad. What kind of professional is that? He [Da Silva] was elbowed and he retaliated. That’s what always happens, the player who retaliates always gets the bigger penalty and it was clear that Luiz elbowed him twice.
“It was rash what he [Da Silva] did, he’s a young lad and should know better but retaliation never works. I wouldn’t say it was violent conduct. The referee hasn’t even seen it, I don’t think he could see it at all. But he has gone with the fact that Luiz has rolled about on the floor and I think that convinced him it was a red card.”