Aston Villa ace Luiz embroiled in controversy and ‘there is a danger’
Keith Hackett insisted Douglas Luiz didn’t deserve punishment when he appeared to stand on Bruno Fernandes as Aston Villa held Man United to a 2-2 draw on Saturday January 15.
Addressed exclusively to Football Insider, the former FIFA and Premier League referee suggested there was a “danger” in watching such incidents in slow motion.
As seen on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, Luiz put his foot on the back of Fernandes’ leg after a challenge between the pair.
Micah Richards suggested on the program that there was nowhere else Luiz could put his foot.
And Hackett agreed with the former Man City and England defender’s assessment.
He said after analyzing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It was more of an accident than a bad intention.
“There are times when the players come together, but I don’t think it’s a buffer. It was more the player trying to get out of the way but coming into contact with Fernandes, not a buffer.
“I don’t think there was any malice, that’s what you’re looking for. It was just a football game, no more than that. I agree that he had nowhere to set foot.
“There’s a danger here, we’re watching these things in slow motion, but it doesn’t paint a true picture. When you watch it in slow motion, you worry about it, but when you see it in real speed, there’s no mischief.
“Yes, he made contact and stomped on his opponent but there is no intention to hurt him.”
Fernandes looked back at his best at Villa Park as he netted both United goals.
He now has 33 Premier League goals for the club since joining in January 2020 – only Harry Kane (34) and Mohamed Salah (45) have scored more in that time.
In other news, Aston Villa have been tipped to announce a ‘surprise’ signing after a ‘shock’ development in January.