Watch furious ex-Arsenal ace David Luiz square up to Fluminense bad-boy Felipe Melo as FIVE sent off in Flamengo derby

    EX-ARSENAL defender David Luiz squared up to Fluminense bad-boy Felipe Melo as FIVE players were sent off in the feisty Fla-Flu derby.

    Luiz, 35, is back playing in his home country of Brazil for Flamengo following a long and successful career in Europe.

    Luiz and Melo had to be separated near full-time

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    Luiz and Melo had to be separated near full-timeCredit: Rex
    The two Brazilians were lucky to escape further punishment

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    The two Brazilians were lucky to escape further punishmentCredit: Reuters
    The referee showed FIVE red cards in the Fla-Flu derby

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    The referee showed FIVE red cards in the Fla-Flu derbyCredit: Getty

    And in Sunday’s Fla-Flu, as the match is called, Luiz found himself in an altercation with Fluminense bad-boy Melo.

    With Flamengo trailing 2-1 late on, tempers flared and the referee showed a grand total of FIVE red cards in the whole match.

    Flamengo’s Marinho was given his marching orders for a tasty challenge and a brawl ensued.

    Luiz, who initially tried to play peacemaker, was dragged into a war of words with ex-Juventus star Melo.

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    The referee, as well as players, stayed in between the pair to stop any further chaos.

    Ex-Barcelona and Inter Milan midfielder Arturo Vidal managed to calm Melo down.

    It’s not the first time Luiz has been in trouble for on-pitch spats since returning to Brazil in 2021.

    Luiz was sent off after unleashing a furious X-rated blast at a referee in July.

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    He saw red in the final seconds of his side’s Copa do Brasil quarter-final clash with Athletico Paranaense.

    With just moments left in the goalless draw, Flamengo ace Leo Pereira went down claiming a penalty.

    Referee Luiz Flavio de Oliveira waved away the protests – which led to Luiz yelling at the official: “Go f*** yourself!”

    Unfortunately for him the ref heard him and instantly gave him his marching orders, which is set to rule him out of the second leg.

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