Rafael Benitez defends David Luiz's laugh

Rafael Benitez defends David Luiz's laugh
© PA Photos
Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez defends David Luiz.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has defended David Luiz after the Brazilian appeared to find humour in Manchester United defender Rafael's red card on Sunday.

Benitez's side beat United 1-0 at Old Trafford, with full-back Rafael sent off for kicking his compatriot in the second half.

The Chelsea man was laughing as he lay on the floor, but has since said that he was smiling at the jeers he was receiving from United fans at the time.

However, Benitez claimed that the issue was frivolous and that it had detracted from the real problem of poor challenges that need to be outlawed in the game.

"I don't think it is right. Luiz was laughing because the fans were abusing him," Benitez is quoted as saying in The Express.

"The red card came after that. But we are talking about this rather than attempting to eradicate the bad tackles that you can see every week. There are tackles every single game that can break ankles and legs and nothing happens about them.

"But try to protect the ball and have a smile on your face and it's the end of the world."

Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur this evening.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during his side's match against Aston Villa on April 22, 2013
Read Next:
Ferguson: 'Rafael was provoked'
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League
La Liga
Ligue 1
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Cup
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Australian A-League
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Indian I-League
Liga MX
Primeira Liga
Turkish Super Lig
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account