Nani’s Red Card Was Correct, Referee Insists

Cuneyt-Cakir-130305-NaniRedCard-AI-300The referee who controversially sent-off Manchester United winger Nani in their 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday, has stood firm by his decision saying he made the right call.

Cuneyt Cakir showed the Portuguese international the red card for a foul on Alvaro Arbeloa 11 minutes into the second-half with United 1-0 up on the night and leading 2-1 on aggregate.

However, two goals in 13 minutes after the incident changed the tide decisively in Madrid’s favour and left United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and many of his players fuming at the final whistle.

“I feel fine and don’t doubt my decisions,” the Turkish official told Spanish sports daily AS.

“The red card shown to Nani was correct. The world will recognise the truth with time.”

The official who said he has received even more harsh criticisms in the past over his decisions on the field of play, said, “I can do so again. I try to do my job correctly and I am doing well. I need to continue like this. I do my job perfectly.”


  1. I expected Nani to show spirit of sports manship. By going to the victim to apologies but he tried some gimmicks by pretending he was equally hurt .analysis:1 yellow card for the offence. Another yellow card for trying to deceive the ref. So two yellow cards is tantamount to a red card. No wahala. We’ve taken heart till next season up man u

  2. You are very lucky that is not Aba township stadium you fork up that day, may be by now you could have been at Emergency unit at any of the General hospital in nigia. Stupid man you still get mouth to talk, come and try that nosence here and go to Igbobi.

  3. Great decision Nani made mockery of himself & Ferguson behaved like an amature ,shame on both of you & your fans that think you were all robbed. After all if we are talking about robbery in football you have benefited most,there’s no season you don’t benefit between 3 to 4 matches from Refs,I’m sure today Your no 12 man Web will try to compensate you guys in the FA cup against Chelsea. Turkish Ref thumbs up.

  4. i admit dt Nani was wrong by pretending he was also hit by alvaro but he did dt bcos he was scared dt the refree will make a rash decision. But one fact that i want the whole world to knw dt what nani did was not intentional, it was the fault of alvaro bcos nani was closer to the ball yet he still ran into him
    Come to think of alvaro did continue to play in the match. So that proofs it dt alvaro also pretended to be really hurt which really affected the refree’s decison. Infant i never the refree to give a red card to anybody in that match bcos it was a do or die match permit me to say that. Bcos that red card weakened man.u and made us loss the match.