Former Man Utd skipper Roy Keane believes Nani deserved red card
An unexpected and unjust red card broke the hearts of Manchester United fans as the Premier League leaders saw their 1-0 goal advantage go down with goals from Luka Modric and former star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United’s Portuguese winger Nani was awarded the red card for a high-stud challenge on Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa. The decision was unbelievably harsh and came at a time Manchester United were dominating the game.
The issue has sparked a huge controversy with Manchester United gaining the sympathies of their adversaries Real Madrid. The Bernabeu boss Jose Mourinho suggested after the game: “Independent of the red card decision, the best team lost”.
Meanwhile, former Manchester United captain Roy Keane believes match referee Cuneyt Cakir “made the right call” by sending off Nani. The 56th minute dismissal came when a common aerial ball was chased by both Nani and Alvaro Arbeloa. Both players were unaware of their position and Nani clearly had no malicious intentions of sending his studs into the torso of his Spanish adversary. However, Cuneyt Cakir decided upon taking action by giving Nani the marching orders.
“The referee has made the right call,” Roy Keane told ITV Sport. “It's dangerous play, it's a red card. He knows there are other footballers on the pitch and to be fair to the referee, he took a few minutes, spoke to his assistant and decided it was a red card.
“I don't think the referee made the decision because he waited a couple of minutes while one of the players was getting treatment and I think it was the assistant that made the call. Whatever people are getting upset about it, but I think he made the right call.
“Any time I got sent off in my career, I always thought did I give the referee a chance to send me off? If the answer is yes, then it is out of your hands. Everyone is upset about it and United are slightly unlucky to go out, but it's dangerous play. Whether he meant it or not is irrelevant. It was dangerous play, red card.
“Whether the referee was brave or not, it was the right decision. Let's not forget that Nani is quick to go down, he is not always the bravest boy.”
Roy Keane, who ended the football career of Alfie Haaland in a derby with Manchester City, is well known for stupendously imprudent tackles. Therefore, as a former Manchester United player and skipper he should perhaps side with his club with this one and not just grab the attention of the world with his football chat.