Arsenal’s David Luiz admits to reporters that his tackle of Mohammed Salah was indeed a penalty, but believes VAR struggles to differentiate between circumstances.
Luiz on losing to Liverpool: “Yes, but sometimes I think we created a lot of chances to score. It’s never easy to play here and yes, Liverpool is amazing, but I think if we scored first it would’ve been another game. We had an opportunity for that.
Luiz on the penalty going against him: “Yes, I think it is. You cannot take out from the players, it is just a reflex. When I turned, I see that I was taking and so I took off [my hand from Salah’s shirt]. I spoke with Mo and he said ‘I didn’t feel you touch me, that’s why I didn’t go down to the floor’ but now with the VAR, you cannot see the power so it is difficult for the referees. He saw the shirt like that, but I don’t know. It’s difficult for them so I cannot complain with their efforts because it is difficult for them too.”
Luiz on VAR and penalty decisions: “Yes, but if I pull your shirt like that and if you put your hand like that, it’s different, the power is different. That’s what I said. In VAR it is difficult for them, they cannot see the power, so if I pull like this [gives demonstration] it’s more power than just like this. So it depends on the interpretation, like I said. But if you see the shirt going like that it’s also difficult for the referee to say it is not a penalty. That’s why I don’t judge him and complain against him. I’m just saying my view.”
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