Champions League: Man Utd's Robin van Persie Still Angry

 

Nani Reacts v Real Madrid 3

"But when the referee pulled out the red card ..."

Champions League: Robin van Persie Still Angry

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is still angry about Nani's red card dismissal in their Champions League loss to Real Madrid and subsequent exit from this year's European Cup competition.

Nani Reacts v Real Madrid

“That red card was heavily unjustified.”

"Nani could not help it, he hardly touched Álvaro Arbeloa. For an hour everything was good, the tactics right. We really had the feeling that we were going to score the second goal and then it would become very difficult for Real Madrid," Van Persie told Algemeen Dagblad.

"But when the referee pulled out the red card ..."

“That red card was heavily unjustified.”

"The worst thing is that UEFA supports him," continued Van Persie. "I think that is cowardly, because I do not understand it. Why not say honestly: 'He has not seen it?'"

With United leading 1-0 at Old Trafford, Nani was shown a red by referee Cuneyt Cakir in the second half before Madrid scored twice to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

“It was not even a yellow card or a free-kick. Nani couldn’t do anything about it, he hardly touched Arbeloa," complained Van Persie.

“I didn’t understand before the game that this man would be the referee, such an unknown referee who hasn’t been in charge of a big games for months.

“Even the guys from Madrid told me afterwards that it was not a red card.”

Nani will at least get a one-match ban from Uefa as a result of his sending off, while Sir Alex Ferguson is also facing disciplinary action after failing to report for his post-match media duties.

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