By Nick Callow For The Daily Mail
Published: 10:06 GMT, 25 October 2020 | Updated: 10:10 GMT, 25 October 2020
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
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