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Van Persie: UEFA Are Cowardly For Backing Ref

Robin van Persie is still frustrating by the ridiculous decision to send Nani off during our Round of 16 game against Real Madrid.

According to the Laws of the game, at worst it was a yellow card, but the referee incorrectly opted to send Nani off. FIFA Law 12: If a player plays in a dangerous manner in a “normal” challenge, the referee should not take any disciplinary action. If the action is made with obvious risk of injury the referee should caution the player.

Van Persie has not only criticised the decision but UEFA for supporting the referee, instead of holding their hands up to the mistake.

“That red card was heavily unjustified,” said Van Persie. “It was not even a yellow card or a free kick. Nani couldn’t do anything about it, he hardly touched Arbeloa. The worst thing is that UEFA supports him. That’s cowardly, because I really don’t understand it. Why don’t they just be honest and say, “He hasn’t seen it?” I didn’t understand before the game that this man would be the referee, such an unknown referee who hasn’t been in charge of a big games for months.Even the guys from Madrid told me afterwards that it was not a red card.”

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  1. Marq says:

    Many people have criticised the red card, if UEFA dares to do anything to Rvp, it will show they are clearly ABU

  2. FletchTHEMAN says:

    SPOT ON ROBIN….. EPIC in fact.

    I’m expecting a ban! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  3. Toms says:

    I really appreciate that someone else is also angry. I am still angry. We should have had a fair shot at the treble and this is yet another case of Spain magically being favored.

  4. Neil says:

    They are. And I’m glad someone finally said it the way it needed to be said. UEFA are a cartel

  5. FletchTHEMAN says:

    So United submit a detailed Dosier arguing that Nani should not be banned, or have his ban extended to 3 matches.

    Wonder if Van Persei comments were part of a carefully orchestrated media push….

    if so….. I think the lad got a wee bit off message :lol:

  6. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    I was just beginning to get over this travesty and now you’ve opened up my freshly healed wounds.
    All I want is that they hold up their hands and say it was harsh and that he should have stayed on. That’s what drives me fucking insane. It’s like a dictatorship. We tell you how it is and and you can like it or fucking lump it. You may as well be talking to the fucking wall as trying to appeal to these cunts for a bit of common sense. All they do is circle the wagons and then if someone like RvP speaks out against the injustice he’ll probably be gunned down. It’s like burma or N.korea or one of these military states where you put up or you’re put down. It was an innocent mistake (we hope) so come out and fucking say that instead of mocking teams who have suffered miscarriages of refereeing by silence or bloody-minded insistence that the ref was right when the whole world except for Roy knows different.

  7. McCee says:

    Spilt milk….

  8. Unitedforeva says:

    Why is there still an anti-English agenda at UEFA? I can’t believe this. Michel Platini have to come out and explain this.

  9. Andromeda says:

    We are living in a world where you will be punished, whether you are literally dismissing yourself to say the truth in public or you are speaking the truth after it has been hidden from you:-/

  10. parryheid says:

    Exactly spilled milk,and as I have already said the dopey sneaky sod was asking for it with that chest high boot and I dont buy the he was unaware crap.Imo he knew exactly what he was about and got us ejected from the competition.

  11. Lee Martins Winner says:

    There are two issues here:

    I dont go along with the fact he knew what he was doing, his leg does move out, but as we know Nani is not one of our braver players, so i think it is self protection. Yellow yes, not red.

    The second issue is the fall out, RVP is right to speak his mind and United are right to make the poor ref point. Having said this, both cases only add fuel to the ABU’s.

    We have made our position clear, maybe it will make a ref think twice in a future for chapions league games? who knows.

    Its done, we are out, lets just focus on winning #20 and having a real assult on the FA Cup. I am one Red that will not turn my nose up at a domestic double.

  12. Raizzen says:

    My man love for the guy is sealed.

  13. Andromeda says:

    People should realize that this thread is not about our actual elimination from champions league.its more about why UEFA didn’t provide a reasonable evidence and/or sensible explanation to justify referee’s dismissal for we must stop accusing Nani, whether he was aware of Arbeloa coming or or it was intentional, that is not the issue here.its beyond the case , now the true criminal is UEFA.they are supporting a serious historical mistake in such an important game like that.

  14. Costas says:


  15. parryheid says:

    This is about wriggling,I am quite happy to fall in line with a debate wether it was Red or Yellow worthy I saw what I saw happening some thirty odd metres from me that night and I maintain my view.As far as I am aware the ref reiterated it was worthy of a sending off I wont dispute that. I dont seek apologies or investigations,no point.

  16. mill says:

    The ref had it in for us even before the game started.
    He shouldn’t be aloud to ref a Champions League game again.

  17. wayne says:

    Don’t need to re live this again I was hurting for a week,as far as I’m concerned it was a bent ref. We’ve been talking about it for years,game after game is decided by bad decisions with potentially teams losing trophies and being relegated losing millions in the process.
    Just look at that Porto game and the Rent boy game and now this one 3 awful decisions that cost Utd a prem title and possibly two CL.
    The refs are never held accountable and very rarely face consequences in most cases are backed by whatever Football association it may be while managers and players get suspensions .Its a complete and utter farce and makes a mockery of the biggest game in the world

  18. Joffrey Baratheon says:

    I liked Van Persie’s view of events a lot more than Roy Keane’s…

  19. mill says:

    Bent isn’t the word for that cheating CUNeyT.

  20. Andromeda says:

    Inconsistent UEFA has spoilt our retaliation and our case for justice, thats all.they just put more salt on the wound, can’t blame why RVP is so pissed off.

  21. WeAreUnited says:


    are you roy keane in disguise?

  22. AntiScouser says:

    “Why is there still an anti-English agenda at UEFA?”

    Another day, another crackpot conspiracy theory.

  23. King Eric says:

    AntiScouser – I have actually got over that night , more important things in life being a Dad of a 15 month old lad BUT it is not a theory. It is fucking obvious UEFA and that corrupt cunt Platini has it in for all things English. The biggest one for me was the Bridge debacle the other year when Iniesta equalised to send Barca through.

  24. parryheid says:


    Would it concern you if I were ? And if so Why? You have a point you want to make to me.

  25. King Eric says:

    Lads check out the abu comments on the announcement of Greg Dyke. Hilarious stuff especially the one by “John Bailey” and his “man hoof” comments:

  26. JT says:

    Zaha scores for England U/21 vs Romania…

  27. roboo7 says:

    RVP will be fined for his comments thats how sad they are.

  28. medumtum says:

    I know this isnt directly related but mourinhos accusation that the coach of the year award was set up falls in line with much of what we’ve seen with UEFA. There is this tendency to work in the dark, avoid transparency and obstruct progress at all costs. Their main effort seems to be to ensure UEFA remain untouchable as far as accountability is concerned. Its astounding how Blatter might manage to get the world cup shifted to winter with no regard to the havoc this would wreak on the league schedules, and not just in Europe. The whole process with the bids and how Qatar got to host it to begin with, particularly given the tournament is a summer tournament, just stinks of the sort underhanded dealing that have marred the Olympic bids in the past. Wonder how long it will be before we have a whistleblower.

    For now cant agree more with Van Persie. He might’ve been pushed to give a quote, and its not as bad when you read it in context, but how badly would it undermine the refs authority if someone just came out and said it was a bad decision? If anything refs should be audited independently or admit a bad call. Would allow a lot of frustration to be addressed. Remember the board of refs apologized to Martinez last season, for the howler an assistant had in a game against Chelsea, and that was as it should be.

    Basically it still hurts.

  29. WeAreUnited says:


    No it wouldn’t, even though I never liked the player, a great server but a dirty one, and that’s for his tackle he made to breake the leg.

    And, it seems that only Roy Keane, UEFA, Cakir and you think it was a red, so I thought maybe you’re related to him.

    No, don’t take me wrong, I don’t need to make a point to you, I think you’re making yourself one, that many proffesional footballers, officials, supporters, even our opposition team that gained advantage of the red don’t agree with, and you’re rare on believing the decision was valid.

    But, never mind. United we stand.

  30. Ekanem says:

    Platini or plantain or whatever his name,is d biggest stark illitrate of all time.UEFA as a body are bunch of rams who dnt think straight.I think English clubs shud always take their own decision by quitting d game whenever there’s anormally on them.

  31. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Cracking goal from Wilf Zaha for England U21s v Romania. Got MOTM as well.

  32. samuel - united WE stand says:

    As always, parry rolling out his classics… Oh dear

  33. SP says:

    I was mad about the red card, it should not have been one. That being said, can we just let it go and focus on the future?

    I always enjoyed laughing at how bitter Chelsea fans were after their semi against Barca when they should have advanced and whenever City supporters get bitter, thinking that our own wouldn’t be that bitter for weeks afterward. I guess I was wrong.

    Yes, the ref is a cunt; UEFA are all cunts; we should be in the quarterfinals. But we aren’t, so let’s just get on with it.

  34. Utd4life says:

    Screw the UEFA. As long as Platini and Blatter are at the helm, I don’t think any English team has a chance of winning the CL.

  35. Marq says:


    Actually, we did, as well as Chelsea & Liverpool (Although those were total flukes)

    I’d say the FA scewed us more than UEFA & FIFA add together

  36. MyCowIsTheBest says:

    RvP should have scored against Real Madrid. I am more sorry for that than the red card.

  37. meatnpotato says:

    its been like 2 weeks now, just move on we have a league to win back

  38. shows says:

    we must get over it and focus on the winning the following games. Shit happens and hope rvp gets back to scoring

  39. parryheid says:


    Your opinion on him as a player and man is exactly that Yours My opinion on whether Nani’s tackle merited a punishment falls into the same category Mine.are you suggesting it was not worthy of punishment?I never had you down as deranged but just shows you.

    samuel_united We stand

    rolling out my classic’s? Do you mean my view that squib Nani got us dumped out of Europe? or my prediction on morning of match we play him at our peril, Agh from control one minute to also rans

  40. WeAreUnited says:


    it was a yellow at least, but when the tackle happened, nobody even the madrid players thought it to be a card. That’s why I am amazed that somehow you think it’s a red.

    I respect your opinion, that’s why I replied to it, but I am amazed, how can you see it as a red, when the whole world doesn’t. I myself can’t see it as a red, even though the studs are up, but it’s more of a foul for us than Arbeloa, Arbeloa was the one who rushed into the tackle and was lucky to hit Nani’s studs.

    Anyway, top of the league baby and the title is coming home, so no need for us to think this over and over. agree to disagree peace!

    Anyway, nothing personal mate, just amazed how someone can blatantly think it’s a red.

  41. parryheid says:

    We Are United.

    I fall into the line the ref made a decision based on a stupid high boot which was always going to be called up.With the eyes of the world on him he took the red card out.My agreeing or not wasn’t going to alter that is what I am saying.I also expect our players too be showing more savvy than that showed. and yes peace mate.

  42. Eric L'edieu says:

    Its never in doubt the uefa are corrupt. Its long been pointed out in Red Issue the amount of Arab money finding its way into French football via tv deals etc to raise money in the French game & try to keep their players there who all fuck off at the first opportunity abroad for the higher salaries. Big back-handers for Sarkozy & Platini for world cup votes & influence, & that Platini’s son now coincidently works for Qatari’s as well.
    It was never a red, simply as, the talk of united launching a big dossier to avoid a 3match ban is in itself an absolute joke. Call it supporting the refs, or call it favouring spanish football, as pointed out earlier in post the robbery of the rent-boys v barca a couple of years back, its impossible to convince people black is white, & when you do try, you look either corrupt, incompetent or a liar.

    Full credit to RVP for standing up & saying what needs to be said, its just a twisted joke that his common sense home statement will result in a ban for him as well.


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