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David Luiz admits Salah deserved a penalty, but takes a shot at VAR

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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.

Arsenal defender David Luiz gave an in-depth interview to Arsenal.com, following the London club’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool…

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.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and David Luiz of Arsenal talk after the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield on August 24, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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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