Furious Chelsea fans have vented their frustration at David Luiz by bombarding his Italian restaurant with terrible reviews online.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, it was confirmed the Brazil international was set to conclude a stunning deadline day switch across London to join rivals Arsenal.
Clearly appalled at the move, Blues supporters decided to sabotage Luiz’s plush Mayfair restaurant by writing awful reviews on various different websites.
Babbo, located just 10 minutes from Piccadilly Circus, was credited by TimeOut as having a vibe which was ‘seriously swanky’. But it appears as though disgruntled Chelsea fans were very quick to damage the restaurant’s reputation on TripAdvisor.
Hinting at what sort of reception Luiz can expect at Stamford Bridge in future, one reviewer wrote: “One of the worst places I have ever been to. A visit ruined by poor service, and horrible food was made worse when a big RAT came out of the kitchen. I shall not be returning to, or recommending this rat-infested place.”
Another made a jibe at Luiz’s trademark curls, insisting: “The plate came with a curly hair in my food, and appeared to be rat droppings on the floor… Would not recommend to anyone. I have reported the restaurant to the relevant authorities.”
Chelsea and Brazil colleague Willian is also involved in the ownership of the restaurant and one fan aimed a dig at both players.
It read: “The food is quite average for the prices. The service is pretty slow, the waiter was rude and the two owners stopped by our table and both were quite annoying. There are about 100 places better in London.”
One reviewer posing as Chelsea Frank Lampard added: “I found the food overrated and overpriced. Not as good as it used to be. I suggested to the waiter that the pasta I had was the fourth best one I’ve ever had. He started complaining at me.
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“I told him the restaurant would need to improve in order to prove to me that I should select it in my top two regular Italian haunts over the season. The waiter complained again and said he was moving the restaurant to Holloway, North London. I said fine, walked out knowing there are three better Italian restaurants ahead of his.”
Given Luiz’s error-prone disposition, Arsenal fans could be forgiven for being sceptical about a move.
But after completing a £25m deal for Kieran Tierney from Celtic, Gunners legend Perry Groves beleves his former side will be ‘like the Harlem Globetrotters’.
Asked about the impending transfer, the two-time title winner told talkSPORT host Jim White:
“I’ve watched David Luiz many times when I’ve done co-commentary, and I’ve always said I love watching him play, but wouldn’t want him in my team, because he’s always got a mistake in him.
“But now he’s coming to the Gooners, I’m actually really excited because he’s better than any of the centre-halves we’ve got and he will bring massive personality to Arsenal.
“He’ll also bring leadership, he’ll take responsibility and he’s a winner. He’s won a title in every country he’s played in, in Portugal, England and France, he’s won the Champions League, Europa League and Confederations Cup.
“His concentration levels have got better and I think he’ll be a lot better if you put someone disciplined in front of him, like [N’golo] Kante and Jorginho at Chelsea.
“I agree he’s got mistakes in him, but Unai Emery wants his centre-backs to play out from the back and what David Luiz brings is an unbelievable passing range.
“He can ping 60 or 70 yard balls, so if you’ve got the pace of [Nicolas] Pepe, [Alexandre] Lacazette and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, he can pick them out.”