Submitted by SadeckJaffal 911d ago | opinion piece

Was Nani red card justified ?

The Manchester United midfielder was sent off in the second half against Real Madrid for a high challenge on Arbeloa, but did the tackle warrant a straight red card? Have your say!

Real Madrid came for a goal down to earn a 2-1 win and knock Manchester United out of the Champions League by three goals to two on aggregate. (Manchester United, Nani, Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League)

iamdskilz  +   912d ago
Lvl_up_gamer  +   910d ago

in any other league game that would have been a justified red card but because this game had two big teams playing in a great game that the fans loved watching, suddenly the rules should change and dangerous plays with intent to injure no longer should be red carded.

The ref made the right call. The person you people should be upset with is Nani jumping in the air with his cleats out kicking players in the chest. If he didn't do that stupid play, then there wouldn't have been an issue.
Prophet112  +   910d ago
If it was a red card for Nani, then it should of been a red card for Lopez punching Vidic in the face which IMO was more dangerous.
RGB  +   910d ago
1st video! Slowed and analysed

youtube.com/watch?v=3vHoYnnmm b4

Skip to 0:47 seconds! Nani looks at the running Arbeloa for a split-second!

2nd video at real time!

youtube.com/watch?v=0ZKxTRegP 0Y

Edit* Something ITV wouldn't show, they never showed this angle before the actually challenge!
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SadeckJaffal  +   912d ago
yes definitly he deserve a red card.
first of all he didn't even touch the ball , and he kicked arbeloa on purpose that was obvious
What is he thinkin its kung fou out there !!
jak3y13oy  +   912d ago
at most a yellow,

he didnt know arbeloa was there and had his eye on the ball to bring it down and arbeloa ran into him...
krazykombatant  +   911d ago
Yellow at most in the premier league not the premier league is it?????
buddymagoo  +   911d ago
It's not even a yellow card in the Premier League. And only a yellow in the world cup.

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vulcanproject  +   911d ago
Fifa law 12, fouls and misconduct, states: "A player is guilty of serious foul play if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it is in play." It clarifies: "Excessive force means that the player has far exceeded the necessary use of force and is in danger of injuring his opponent."

Nani's actions simply don't fall in line with this law. It was a fifty fifty ball and not even a tackle or challenge.

If you think it was a red, you are probably a bit thick.

Current, Ex-pros and refs that thought the decision was incorrect:

Dermot Gallagher
Mike Phelan
David Moyes
Alan McInally
Gary Lineker
Gary Neville
Dietmar Hamann
Lou Macari
Joey Barton
Paddy Crerand
Lee Dixon
Gareth Southgate
Bryan Robson
Michael Owen
Steve Mcmanaman

Xabi Alonso and Mourinho are both rather noncomittal on condemning Nani, I would imagine that many of Madrid's players were rather surprised as well. Ozil certainly looked it!

Unfortunately only one man's opinion counted, Cuneyt Cakir.
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RGB  +   910d ago
youtube.com/watch?v=3vHoYnnmm b4


youtube.com/watch?v=0ZKxTRegP 0Y

Now tell me he didn't see Arbeloa!
RGB  +   910d ago
Too bad FIFA and UEFA disagree and support the referee's decision! No one is bigger than the law of the game and both bodies see the law was carried out correctly!

You can list any pro or ex-pro you want. Funnily enough, all played in England and most have paid jobs in England now! Integrity seems misplaced I feel!

The law is the law, get over it! You had one decision go against you and you feel cheated. United wouldn't know the meaning of cheated compared to your opponents over the years.

You have the right to feel disappointed and nothing more!
wantedboys  +   912d ago
what about this pic nobody is talking about!!!

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Infernostew  +   911d ago
First of all, there's nothing Rafael can do about it hitting his hand when he's less than a yard away. Should it have been a penalty? Yes. But then Ramos' two handballs and his challenge on Evra should have been PKs as well. We can go tit for tat on no calls, the red is what changed the game.
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DangerousDAN  +   910d ago
Putting your hands out and wide like that is illegal and can actually be worthy of a red card as well since it stops a clear chance at goal. Also, Evra tried to kick the ball and missed and hit Ramos instead. He later resorted to falling down, asking for a foul.

After Nani's red card, ManU players dedicated their time to acting like victims with every other play. Example: Carrick getting a yellow card for protesting that there was a PK when the ball hit Khedira in the arms, which he held behind him and pressed up against his body which is legal (unlike the Rafael situation).
ManU played embarrassingly defensive in both games and it made me lose respect for them. They can complain about Nani all they want, but the Gods of football rewarded the braver.
Prophet112  +   910d ago
I thought Ramos blocking off Raphael towards the end of the match was a definite penalty.
asmith2306  +   911d ago
It was a harsh red after seeing the replay but in real time I thought it was reckless which is what the officials seen. High foot and studs up. The ref's don't have the luxury of replays. Get over it. No one seems to blame the defense for conceding two in a few minutes. They could have held out if they were good enough. Madrid aren't exactly the best side, especially away from home. They have been terrible in La Liga this season by their standards.

Utd and PL teams in general are so arrogant. When Arsenal go out of the CL that will be all the PL teams out. So we have the English Euro champs out, the PL champs out, the soon to be PL champs out and Arsenal; all before the quarters. The PL has the best teams I hear fanboys say?? Whatever.
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FlunkinMonkey  +   911d ago
So which variety of 'Fan boy' are you then? You obviously have a preference.
asmith2306  +   911d ago
No actually I don't. I just like the PL, I don't support anyone in particular.
KingPin  +   911d ago
simple answer, NO!!
maybe a yellow card at most but nothing more.

normally for bad tackles the opposing team would protest to the ref and make card gestures for a card to be given.

here, everyone was calm waiting for the game to go on. there were no ill-feelings between the two teams/players

the red card just came out of nowhere.
p_bateman  +   910d ago
Defiantly a red card, nani thinks he's in the UFC.
level 360  +   910d ago
Definitely yellow but not a red card. It wasn't intentional and if you look closely at the video, both players were already in mid-air.. nothing can be changed or done while both opposing players were in that position.

Bad call by the ref.
caseh  +   910d ago
Like Roy Keane said, intentional or not it was dangerous play. I don't envy the ref, seeing that challenge in open play no doubt looked like Bruce Lee had come on to challenege for the ball.

Still, there's no doubt the card changed the game but thats football for you i guess.
Kos-Mos  +   910d ago
For the haters:yes, for the intellectual:no.
chukamachine  +   910d ago
Regardless of whether or not it happens in the prem is not the point.

You should not have your feet up like that.

Utd would not have won anyway.

Madrid won't win CL.

I've said this before, the best team in this comp is Dortmund.

Get on them if your a betting man. Easy money.
PS4OUR  +   910d ago
^^^You know how many times i have seen bycicle kicks to the head of an opposition player challenging for a 50/50 ball in football? So a foot to the head is ok but to the side of a player its life threatening. Dude, i recommend you actually start "watching" football before making stupid comments like that. Feet in the air in football is not uncommon, happens every game.
Mourinho stated in his post match interview that they were 2nd best to United and that United employed good tactics until the red which swung the game their way. I suggest you also do some research before making stupid claims that "United would have lost anyway".

OMG. I can't believe it. Its so ****ing simple. The Madrid players and staff was baffled by the red, half the stadium was baffled by the red, a dozen soccer pundits and some ex-referee's was baffled by the red.

Madrid didnt even celebrate the win, neither did their coach Mourinho.

What the **** does that all say?? Is that not enough evidence to come to the conclusion that this was a horrendously poor call from the ref. The reactions of the players and staff of both clubs after the game spoke volumes.

Jezus, one would think that in today's day and age you can just use plain old common sense but it seems it escapes most people today.
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momthemeatloaf  +   910d ago
It was a disgrace, Nani didn't see him. It shouldn't have even been a yellow.

This sport will never be fair until game changing decisions can be reviewed. Red cards, penalties and controversial goals should all be reviewable.
p_bateman  +   909d ago
It was a red card offence get over it, kompany got sent off in the fa cup against man u and he didn't even touch the player but thats ok because that decision favoured united.
mmj  +   904d ago
I've seen at least 5 incidents since then which could have justified the same punishment and none were given as red cards, for most of them play just continued.

I suppose it doesn't help when it happens against play acting Spaniards in a tournament that Blatter and co. like the Spanish giants to get far in, he probably has wet dreams about an El Classico final and orders the officials to try to make it so.
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