sport news David Luiz moans that players are getting too much protection from refs and VAR

'Sometimes you can hurt someone but you must say 'I'm sorry' and keep going': David Luiz moans that players are getting too much protection from refs and VAR and insists 'we have to protect' contact in football - despite Virgil van Dijk's awful injury David Luiz is adamant football players do not need more protection from refs Virgil van Dijk has been sidelined following a challenge from Jordan Pickford The Brazil international says players know whether there is intent to cause hurt 

By Nick Callow For The Daily Mail

Published: 10:06 GMT, 25 October 2020 | Updated: 10:10 GMT, 25 October 2020

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David Luiz is adamant football should remain a contact sport and players do not need more protection from referees, rules or VAR.

The Arsenal defender was talking at the end of a week when his Liverpool counterpart Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for a lengthy period following a challenge by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford last weekend.

Luiz lines up in Sunday's late kick off against Leicester ready to risk injury as part of the perils of his profession.

David Luiz is adamant football should remain a contact sport and players don't need protection

David Luiz is adamant football should remain a contact sport and players don't need protection

His comments follow Virgil van Dijk's injury after a horror challenge from Jordan Pickford

His comments follow Virgil van Dijk's injury after a horror challenge from Jordan Pickford

'It's a game with contact,' he said. 'This is football and it's always going to be like that.'

While he was not directly referring to the Van Dijk incident, the Brazil international says players know whether or not there is intent to cause hurt.

He added: 'When a player goes to try to make someone bad, or do something

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