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...

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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