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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup gives verdict on Manchester United star's Real Madrid red card

By GVincent  |  Posted: March 07, 2013

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has given his thoughts on the red card in Manchester United's game against Real Madrid

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MICHAEL Laudrup today had his say on the Nani dismissal which marred Manchester United's Champions League defeat by Real Madrid and declared: "It's never a red card."
United winger Nani was sent off for a high challenge on Real defender Alvaro Arbeloa in Tuesday's last-16 tie at Old Trafford. The contest swung in Real's favour after that, and Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir's decision has got the whole of football talking.
Former Real player Laudrup reckons Nani was hard done by.
The Swansea City manager said: "I am not for Manchester United or Real Madrid, but I watched the game and it should never, ever have been a red card.
"It's a yellow card for dangferous play yes, but a red card? Absolutely not.
"That's nothing to do with whether it's in the Premier League, the Champions League or La Liga. It's just a bad decision by the referee.
"Referees are human and they will make mistakes, there's no problem with that. But people comment on when a manager makes a mistake or a team does not play well, so we are allowed to sat when a referee has a poor performance, and that was a very, very poor decision."    

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  • stratman  |  March 08 2013, 4:25PM

    The real problem is Uefa, on Wednesday night we had two of the three biggest clubs in the world playing in the knockout stages of the worlds biggest football competition watched by the largest world wide audience for a match this season. What the occasion demanded was a set of top officials from Fifa's world cup pool. It required officials with a good knowledge of the game, good judgement and plenty of experience in managing big games. The match needed a referee who understands that the players are the stars NOT him !!! So what do Uefa do? They appoint a clown with a liking for the limelight, a man who loves being at the centre of attention, and he has previous, he nearly caused a riot in Turkey the other week and the one common thread in matches which he has handled has been that all the talk has been about the ref, not the match. We all know when a ref has had a good game...we havn't noticed him!!! This was a fantastic match played at incredible pace by some of the very best players in the world marshalled by arguably the best two coaches in the world and for an hour was a truly fascinating and entertaining match, and then the Turkish Clown decided he wanted the headlines, 250 million fans worldwide were denied the spectacle of what promised to be a truly memorable climax. By failing to appoint a properly qualified set of officials Uefa have ruined what little credibility they had left in the eyes of true football fans and brought their premier competition into disrepute. We will now never know which was the better team. Perhaps it is time to stop sending players off, maybe issue a red card let them stay on the field but they get a 4 game ban. The current system just denies the fans a proper (VERY EXPENSIVE) experience and allows clowns to steal the limelight from thr players.

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  • stratman  |  March 08 2013, 3:59PM


  • JontoPronto  |  March 08 2013, 11:46AM

    Neil Taylor got sent off against Forest in the play off semi final. Pretty much the same challenge, because it's Man Utd it becoms a national tradgedy. These things happen move on.

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  • CroJack  |  March 07 2013, 8:10PM

    Ok, I see some people here think whatever Laudrup says is divine, but here is what an experienced referee says about the episode: I booked a player this past season for an elbow to the face. Definitely wasn't intentional, but reckless. Coach [a long time coach and former college player] screams that his player didn't intend to elbow the opponent. I explained to him that intent is no longer in the rule book. He looked at me puzzled, and said 'really?' He calmed down after that. My point is…intent is NOT in the rulebook. Refs no longer have to guess / decide if there was intent. Was Nani's foot high? Yes. Did he make contact? Yes. Could he have looked around and realized there was someone in the vicinity? Absolutely! These are pros. He can't assume no one is around him. Definitely bookable offense. Whether it's yellow or red, will vary per ref. I don't know the tendencies of this particular ref, but guaranteed these teams knew. Good players and teams adjust to the style of the referee. This happened at warp speed and without benefit of instant replay, so you need to cut the officials some slack.

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  • godisalie  |  March 07 2013, 7:47PM

    Can anyone spell these days? Even the people writing articles for this newspaper are atrocious with their basic lack of spelling skills Even the person that wrote this article,eg "It's a yellow card for dangferous play yes, but a red card? Absolutely not. so we are allowed to sat when a referee has a poor performance

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  • CroJack  |  March 07 2013, 7:31PM

    Laudrup should read FIFA's The Rules Of The Game. And all Manchester United fans should see the match between MU and Arsenal in FA Cup in 2008 when Emanuel Ebue was sent off. I admire Laudrup but what he says here is pure nonsens. The foul doesn't have to be intentional, dangerous play can be enough to send a player off.

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  • CroJack  |  March 07 2013, 3:15PM

    What about Chico's red card? He didn't touch Luis Saha.

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