Gary Neville and Roy Keane at odds over Nani red card
Manchester United were dumped out of the Champions League on Tuesday night in controversial circumstances.
March 6th, 2013
Nani’s high boot caught Alvaro Arbeloa with the Red Devils leading and referee Cuneyt Cakir stunned everyone by sending off the United winger. The game clearly turned on this incident and led Real Madrid to score twice and go through 3-2 on aggregate.
Gary Neville was shocked by the decision and claims that Nani should have remained on the pitch, with the player seemingly unaware that he was about to collide with Arbeloa.
He tweeted: “Been going to OT since age of 5 and I’ve never seen the whole ground as in disbelief as they were last night at a decision!
“Nani is a player who regularly tries to control a pass like this over his shoulder and its never a red card! Changed the whole game! Poor ref.
“The crowd actually weren’t angry / weren’t shouting they were just open mouthed and in shock!
“The Madrid keeper on Vidic looked a similar type of incident,” Neville added.
“Anyway it won’t be the first time or last! Just ruined a fascinating match and didn’t feel right to Utd or Madrid people in the stadium!”
However, Neville’s former United team-mate Roy Keane claimed on ITV that the referee was correct to send off Nani.
Keane said on ITV: “I think the referee has actually made the right call. Everyone’s upset about it and it’s slightly unlucky, but it’s dangerous play. Whether he meant it or not is irrelevant.
“It’s dangerous play – it’s a red card. ‘You have to be aware of other players on the pitch. Does he think he’s going to have 20 yards to himself?
“Whether it’s [a brave decision] or not, it’s the right decision. Whether he meant it or not doesn’t matter.
“Nani’s a quick boy to go down anyway. He’s not the bravest player on the planet.”