Tony Pulis was apopleptic.
Stoke were losing 1-0 late on at Chelsea in September 2012 when Jon Walters was running down the right channel towards the half-way line. In came David Luiz with a challenge so rank bad it has been replayed today by Sky Sports.
The defender launched himself like a pair of flying scissors towards Walters’ knees.
Referee Michael Oliver raced over and, bizarrely, produced a yellow card. That strange call even meant Luiz escaped retrospective punishment too.
“The challenge on Jon Walters is a leg breaker and I think David will be the first to say he’s very lucky to stay on the pitch,” said then manager Pulis.
“A Premier League referee should see that and treat it properly. If he’s booked him, he must have seen the challenge.
“The way he’s gone over the ball and caught him, if it’s not a sending off then goodness knows what it takes to get a Chelsea player sent off.
“The worst thing is that because the referee has seen it and booked him, he isn’t going to miss a game. It’s scandalous and ridiculous, but then I don’t make the rules.”
Walters wasn’t happy at the time and had to be restrained by his own teammates as well as Chelsea captain John Terry while Luiz sheepishly tiptoed away.
But this afternoon as football supporters voted in a landslide that Oliver had made a stinking decision, Walters emerged with a verdict of his own.
“Play on…” he wrote on Twitter.
“It’s a contact sport. What a guy David Luiz.”
The challenge left Walters with a four-inch gash just above his right ankle.
But even after the game he insisted: “I was angry, but I have been angrier. I think I’ve reined it in a bit over the years. I think he tried to apologise afterwards, but didn’t get the chance.
“There isn’t a grudge as far as I’m concerned. These things happen in football and you just have to get on with it.”
Luiz has gone on to play for Arsenal, so he got his punishment in the end.