David Luiz has claimed that he was laughing at jibes from Manchester United fans rather than Rafael prior to the Manchester United right back’s red card this past Sunday.
With Chelsea leading late on, Luiz and Rafael challenged for the ball and having been elbowed twice by the Chelsea player, Rafael kicked out at his countryman earning himself a red card. Whilst on the floor cameras caught Luiz laughing as he rolled around, leading many to protest that that the Chelsea player’s theatrics contributed to Rafael’s red card.
Luiz’s actions drew criticism from professionals and pundits alike with Sir Alex likening him to a dying swan.
But according to reports Luiz has told friends that he wasn’t laughing at Rafael, rather at the insults of Manchester United fans who likened him to The Simpsons character Sideshow Bob amongst other things.
This excuse isn’t likely to wash with those annoyed by his reaction, especially Sir Alex who believes Luiz’s reaction to the challenge got his player sent off.