Chelsea`s Luiz in spotlight as Ferguson rages at referee

Updated: Mar 02, 2011, 08:31 AM IST

London: Chelsea defender David Luiz was the centre of attention after scoring in their 2-1 comeback win at home to Manchester United as visiting manager Alex Ferguson unleashed another rant at the match officials.

United led with a Wayne Rooney goal after half an hour but Brazil centre back Luiz slammed home a well-taken equaliser nine minutes into the second half and Frank Lampard completed the turnaround 11 minutes from time with a penalty.

United had centre back Nemanja Vidic sent off in stoppage time for a second booking but Ferguson was incensed that Luiz had not suffered the same fate earlier and was also unhappy with the penalty given after Chris Smalling tripped Yuri Zhirkov.

"The penalty kick was so soft but we played very well. It was a great performance by us. We didn`t deserve that," Ferguson told reporters.

"That`s three years in a row referees` decisions have changed the game (here)."

Luiz was booked by referee Martin Atkinson for a foul after 61 minutes then appeared fortunate to escape a second yellow card after flattening Rooney.

"It was incredible. Even before that he`d done Chicharito (Javier Hernandez) off the ball. He`d done him late. Nothing done, the referee`s in front of it," added Ferguson.

"He (Luiz) does Rooney clear as day, he`s six yards from it, he doesn`t do anything. These are decisions that change the game and he`s going to be refereeing every week."

Bureau Report