Friday, March 08, 2013

Collina supports Nani red card

Veteran referee Pierluigi Collina awarded Turkish official Cuneyt Cakir an outstanding score for his performance during Manchester United's match with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Although many supporters felt Cakir's decision to send off United winger Nani was extremely harsh, Collina, UEFA's head of referees, gave him an overall rating of 8.2

According to El Mundo Deportivo, Collina believed Cakir "was right to send off Nani" and agreed with his decision not to punish Rafael for handball in United's penalty area.

El Mundo added: "Collina criticised only one of Cakir's decisions: not sending off Rio Ferdinand after the match when the defender applauded him, inches from his face."

Cakir has received widespread criticism in the wake of Tuesday night's match, which turned when he sent off Nani for a high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.

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