Arsenal failed in appeal for David Luiz's red card, but Southampton's Bednarek has his red rescinded..

2021-02-05 19:48

Arsenal failed in appeal for David Luiz

Jan Bednarek (left) was sent-off in Southampton's embarrassing heavy defeat against Manchester United, while David Luiz (right) was also sent-off in Arsenal's defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers in mid-week.

LONDON - What a tale of two different rulings that were applied to two separate professional footballers who were wrongfully penalised!

Arsenal's David Luiz, who was was dismissed in the first-half stoppage time after he was adjudged to have fouled his Brazilian compatriot Willian José, subsequently denying the latter a goalscoring opportunity, was unsuccessful in his appeal for his red card to be rescinded, Arsenal confimed. Wolves drew level from the resulting penalty and went on to win the game 2-1 thanks to a wonder-strike from Joao Moutinho.

The Gunners appealed the red card after reviewing the footage and manager Mikel Arteta, speaking to the press on yesterday morning, said he was 'very hopeful' of the decision being overturned.

However, the club have revealed their appeal was denied and they will be without the 33-year-old for their trip to Aston Villa at the weekend.

Their statement reads: "The Football Association have confirmed to us that the red card given to David Luiz on Tuesday against Wolverhampton Wanderers will stand.

"We have worked really hard to overturn David Luiz's red card. We presented our case to the FA but are disappointed that our appeal has been unsuccessful.

"We accept the FA's decision and continue our preparations for Saturday's match against Aston Villa.'

On the same night, Southampton's Jan Bednarek was dismissed in a similar incident involving Anthony Martial during his side's 9-0 loss, but the FA have overturned the Polish defender's red card and he will now be available for their trip to Newcastle United.

The ruling will definitely please manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, as the South coast side is currently without a number of first-team players through injury.

A statement released by the FA reads, "Jan Bednarek will be available for Southampton FC’s next fixture after an Independent Regulatory Commission upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal and removed his suspension.

“The defender was sent off for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity during a Premier League fixture against Manchester United FC on Tuesday [02/02/21].”

However, the FA's ruling for Luiz and Bednarek's red card appeal has only further fueled the anger of Arsenal's supporters who continued to cricitise and question the FA's fairness and integrity, likewise, some supporters of defending Premier League champions, Liverpool, who their club was also involved in the controversy over the referee not sending off England international goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the Reds' draw with Merseyside rivals Everton, after the latter badly fouled and injured Dutch star defender Virgil Van Dijk earlier this season, has also voiced their support for Arsenal and Luiz by leaving satirical comments and creating memes regarding the FA's ruling.