Neville shocked by Nani red

Former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville admitted last night’s sending-off of Nani left Old Trafford more stunned than he has ever seen it.

The 38-year-old claimed the winger did not deserve the red card shown him by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir for a foot-up challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa in the Red Devils’ 2-1 loss to Real Madrid, which sealed a 3-2 aggregate defeat.

He Tweeted: “Been going to OT since age of 5 and I’ve never seen the whole ground as in disbelief as they were last night at a decision!

“Nani is a player who regularly tries to control a pass like this over his shoulder and its never a red card! Changed the whole game!Poor ref.

“The crowd actually weren’t angry / weren’t shouting they were just open mouthed and in shock!”

Neville felt that if Nani deserved red then so did Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez for making contact with Nemanja Vidic when the United defender got his head to a corner ahead of the keeper.

“The Madrid keeper on Vidic looked a similar type of incident,” Neville added. “Anyway it won’t be the first time or last! Just ruined a fascinating match and didn’t feel right to Utd or Madrid people in the stadium!”

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Ireland U20s win tight game against French to equal record of Six Nations victories

League of Ireland round-up: Here's what happened on the opening night

10-man Birmingham win Midlands derby to give Gianfranco Zola his second victory in 13 games

Munster blow lead as Scarlets win at Thomond for first time in 14 years


Today's Stories

Unflappable Donnacha Ryan has plenty mileage left in the tank

Noel Murphy determined to keep bandwagon going

Des Iles in good order ahead of Bobbyjo

Ireland must keep brutish French pack on the move

Lifestyle

Ask Audrey: “I want him to tie me to the bed and pretend to be Donald Trump.”

Our day, our way: Tearing up the wedding rule book

Take control of your fertility with natural family planning

Beauty trends you’ll be bursting to try this spring

More From The Irish Examiner