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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