Chelsea’s David Luiz: I was smiling at jeering Manchester United fans, not Rafael’s red card
David Luiz has told friends that his smile after going down under Rafael da Silva’s challenge on Sunday was because Manchester United fans were mocking him.
Sian Massey, the assistant referee, did immediately flag for the Rafael challenge, with the referee Howard Webb then showing a red card. Neither Massey nor Webb felt that Luiz had gone too far with his use of the elbow but he clearly frustrated Rafael while trying to shield the ball.
There is a feeling around Chelsea that Ferguson was trying to deflect attention from Rafael’s indiscipline with his criticism of Luiz’