Chelsea's David Luiz: 'I was laughing at crowd jeers, not Rafael da Silva'

Luiz: 'I was smirking at crowd jeers'
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Chelsea defender David Luiz reportedly claims that he was laughing at Manchester United fans calling him Sideshow Bob, not at Rafael da Silva following his challenge.

Chelsea defender David Luiz has reportedly claimed that he was laughing at jeers from Manchester United fans after he was fouled by Rafael da Silva on Sunday.

The Brazilian sparked controversy when he fell to the ground with a smile on his face after Rafael kicked the 26-year-old in the second half of Chelsea's 1-0 victory at Old Trafford, resulting in a red card for the United full-back.

While many have criticised Luiz's reaction, the Brazilian is thought to have told teammates that he was laughing at a jibe from a United fan referring to Luiz's likeness to The Simpsons cartoon character Sideshow Bob, according to The Telegraph.

Following the incident, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson described Luiz's reaction as unprofessional.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during his side's match against Aston Villa on April 22, 2013
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