999 caller reported red card crime
In the knockout stages for European football’s greatest prize, tensions are bound to run high – but during last night’s match at Old Trafford, one law-abiding citizen took it too far.
March 6th, 2013
Nottinghamshire Police issued a statement this morning urging the public to use some common sense when calling 999 after dealing with a Man United fan who called to report a crime – that of the referee’s decision to send off Nani.
At about 9.20pm last night, 999 operators received a call from a village near Bingham who, according to the Notts Police website, felt that “the moment Reds winger Nani was controversially dismissed for a high challenge was a crime, and so decided to call police.”
“He later apologised for his actions, claiming to have been caught up in the excitement.”
Control Room Chief Inspector Ted Antill asked for caution from the public, and to use better judgment when such drastic situations arise.
“There may be people out there in real trouble who need our help and they have to wait because we are tied up with calls like this one, reporting a referee from the television.
“It’s no joke. In this case, the man realised his bad judgement and apologised and we decided not to pursue it further. But we can and we do prosecute people for wasting police time and making false reports.”
Reaction to the red card has near-unanimously condemned the referee’s decision to send off Reds winger Nani after his high boot caught Álvaro Arbeloa in the upper-right quadrant; replays suggest that Nani had watched the ball all the way, but the law of the game still sees the high boot as an infringement – albeit not necessarily one deserving of a straight red under the circumstances.
Meanwhile, David Moyes has been controversially quoted by a news agency as saying that the United players “had the right to surround the referee” following the dismissal – something that, while we’re on the subject of the laws of the game, is worth a mention.