Ex-Manchester United ace Gary Neville feels Diego Lopez could have been sent off
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville felt that it was too strict and downright ridiculous on the part of the referee to red card Nani in last night’s major Champions League encounter with Real Madrid.
The England coach suggested that if the incident involving Nani was deemed worthy of a red card, then Real keeper Diego Lopez could also have been sent for an early bath for his challenge on Vidic.
The Reds were left fuming after Turkish ref Cuneyt Cakir made a controversial decision to send off the Portuguese winger in the 56th minute, which resulted in fury in the Red Devils’ camp, and a subsequent loss.
Nani was just attempting to control a high ball, and in the process kicked out unintentionally at Alvaro Arveloa, which Cakir assessed to be reckless and dangerous.
Neville felt that Lopez was also similarly reckless when punching Vidic in his head: “The Madrid keeper on Vidic looked a similar type of incident,” Neville wrote on Twitter. He also mentioned that he had never seen Old Trafford in such disbelief before .
“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,” he added. “The crowd actually weren’t angry / weren’t shouting they were just open mouthed and in shock!,” he concluded.