The Debate: Was referee Cuneyt Cakir right to send off Nani? - Live coverage - The Independent

The Debate: Was referee Cuneyt Cakir right to send off Nani?

The results are in - click through to page 3 to see the final results - and see below what readers of The Independent made of the decision...

  • The results are in. With over 16,000 votes cast, 61 per cent of you think Cakir made the right call. 39 per cent of you think the referee was wrong to send off Nani. Thank you to all those who took part - the poll is now closed.

    You can read what people had to say on the decision below...
    3/7/2013 5:48:33 PM
  • the referees decision changed the whole game he knew that nani was going for the ball his eyes were on to the ball the referee got put under pressure and made the wrong decision but through out the whole game that wasn't the only bad decision he made other errors the uefa need to look in to this
    3/5/2013 11:14:26 PM
  • I am completely amazed by Roy Keanes comments, he has obviously stepped away from critical observation to obvious media induced inflamatory for the sake of it opinion .. get his unwanted fake opinions of the air please
    3/5/2013 11:14:58 PM
  • Boom Boom. You're right it blew up what could have been one of the most exciting games of the year!
    3/5/2013 11:17:36 PM
  • After the tackle Nani was clearly aware of what he had done. He started rolling on the ground for no apparent reason whatsoever. Also the card being shown later can mean that mr cakir consulted his linesman. I think its wrong for man u fans to show the ref as a reason. posession was 63 to 37 before the sending off so yeah man u was just outclassed by possibly the best SQUAD in the world
    3/5/2013 11:17:52 PM
  • Man Utd fan speaking : Nani was in the wrong, he should not have acted the way he did. But Red Card is over the top, it should have been yellow at most MAYBEEEE for dangerous/reckless play.
    3/5/2013 11:18:01 PM
  • This is a debate that looks like it will go on for some time to come. As the number of votes tops 3,000 - 73 per cent of you think the ref made the wrong call in sending off Nani.
    You can continue to vote in our poll and continue to comment. The best posts will be published tomorrow morning when we'll also bring you the latest figures from the vote.
    Many thanks for joining me on this unforgettable (if not totally for the right reasons) night of Champions League football.
    You can follow me, Simon Rice, on Twitter here -
    Good night...
    3/5/2013 11:22:08 PM
  • We've has over 9,000 votes so far and since last night, it would seem many more of you are changing your initial feelings on whether the ref called it right. Now only 53 per cent of you think he got it wrong, down from 73 per cent last night. The poll remains open, so please keep voting.
    3/6/2013 9:54:19 AM
  • We've now had over 10,000 votes - and for the first time since Cuneyt Cakir sent off Nani last night, more of you think he called it right than those who think he got it wrong. There's less than 100 votes in it though, and the poll remains open. Keep on voting.
    3/6/2013 12:14:55 PM
  • Nani was rolling as he fell from a great height when arbeloa ran into him. Now where is Lopez's red card for punching Vidic square in the face. Even more dangerous as Lopez saw Vidic
    3/6/2013 12:49:19 PM
  • I'm a fanatic of manchester utd. around 25 years. But I should say that when the fanaticism reaches the level of hooliganism, then it could cloud the judgment especially when the subject is football (at least that's what i can see here). And I can honestly say that Nani had no intents to make foul like that, so he didn't do that deliberately for sure. But whenever you do that kind of tackle in the match you should check your surroundings before doing it in order not to get an absurd consequences such as this.. So referee could have given yellow card maybe, but if he makes his opinion to show red card -as it was in the match- you couldn't say that he's exaggerated about his decision.. In the end it was our team who suffered..
    3/6/2013 12:49:33 PM
  • I think it was a right desicion to send off Nani, cos his tackle near to killing his opponent. It is very unfair to criticise Mr. Cakir
    3/6/2013 12:49:41 PM
  • Though I am a Liverpool fan, I think the punishment was too harsh. Yellow at most. Quite comical to see Sir Alex's reaction tho. Now Utd knows what it feels like when Howard Webb referees a match against other teams.
    3/6/2013 12:49:47 PM
  • As a professional footballer paid as much as he is, I don't think its unreasonable for the referee to expect the player to anticipate another player challenging for the ball even though he's not looking. It gives Nani a good excuse to play with his foot dangerously high by simply not looking. Everyone knows in the european competitions refs are much quicker to brandish cards so why wasn't Nani more careful
    3/6/2013 12:50:55 PM
  • ferguson should stop chewing gum and teach the players the rules unless he doesn't need a lesson about them in the first place....
    3/6/2013 12:51:05 PM
  • Personally what makes me so disappointed is the fact that the one decision ruined the game, I cannot accept that we've lost when it wasn't a fair game. The ref was inconsistent. Somebody please tell me what is the difference of Lopez Punching Vidic 'accidentally' and Nani kicking Arbeloa 'accidentally'? Also several stone-wall penalties weren't given for either sides. Shocking referring performance, and not good enough for a game of that magnitude.
    3/6/2013 12:51:19 PM
  • A decision goes against Man Utd at Old Trafford and its a massive uproar. Get over it. But I can see why Fergie was fuming... There was 5 minutes of extra time and the ref blew when they were up! Crikey! Someone actually following the rules of the game and not favouring the team in red. Hopefully now Manchester United fans know what it feels like when a big decision effects the outcome of a game. Ha!
    3/6/2013 12:51:29 PM
  • We've now had over 12,000 votes, and it would seem more of you are coming round to the conclusion that Cakir made the right call in sending off Nani. 55 per cent of you said the Turkish ref got it right. The poll remains open, so please, keep voting.
    3/6/2013 4:01:36 PM
  • it was a harsh decision but we gotta respect the referee. i can say that both red and yellow card was appropriate but its up to the referee's comment on the position and he choosed to show red card. after all its funny to say that manu lost the game cuz of this card. they didint try to win instead of trying not to lose. they dont even use rooney, do u think that manu was ambitious to win the game? bahh i dont think so.
    3/6/2013 4:01:54 PM
  • there is no point to discuss whether nani's kick intended or unintended if there is a very dangereous move, the card has to be red, if it doesn't then somebody might be able to use this rule to kick somebody in his chest acting like he doesn't wanted to! I think it was a right decision even most of people didn't like it
    3/6/2013 4:02:00 PM
  • Given what I’ve read today about last night’s ref being ‘card happy’, it amazes me that the build-up didn’t include one of Fergie’s frequent softening up comments, along the lines that the ref should be careful of player’s antics, that he needs to accept the physical nature of the British game, honest and robust challenges and so forth, etc – as Roy Keane said, in a different context, ‘ to prepare, prepare to fail….’
    3/6/2013 4:02:18 PM
  • Rules state: Careless=foul, Reckless=yellow, Excessive Force=Red. Nani on Arbeloa - foul, possible yellow. Lopez on Vidic - yellow, possible red.
    3/6/2013 4:02:52 PM
  • last night i was angry with the decision but today watched it in slowmotion in yoube, and decided it was a right decision. when you put your emotion and fanatism aside, you can decide more correctly.
    3/6/2013 4:03:00 PM
  • That's football guys. noone has the right to hurt anyone. you just have to play football. any move that is dangerous or hurts someone, I think it has to be punished. Cakir did what he should do.
    3/6/2013 6:19:49 PM
  • Last night's incident bears remarkable similarities to a red card for Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue. Is it a case of what goes around comes around for Nani?
    3/6/2013 6:19:56 PM
  • We've now had over 13,500 votes - with the percentage of you who think the referee made the right call on Nani continuing to rise. Those proportion of you who say Cakir was correct stands at 56 per cent. The poll remains open, so please continue to vote.
    3/6/2013 6:25:14 PM
  • We've now had over 15,000 votes in our poll - with 60 per cent of you saying the referee got it right. The poll remains open, so please keep voting.
    3/7/2013 12:41:18 PM
  • We want to here what you think about the decision of Cuneyt Cakir to send off Nani in Manchester United's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid. Vote above, and leave you comments using the 'Make a comment' button. We'll post the best ones...
    3/7/2013 5:48:45 PM
  • 3/7/2013 5:48:48 PM
  • The results are in. With over 16,000 votes cast, 61 per cent of you think Cakir made the right call. 39 per cent of you think the referee was wrong to send off Nani. Thank you to all those who took part - the poll is now closed.

    You can read what people had to say on the decision below...
    3/7/2013 5:51:35 PM
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