Ryan Giggs has reflected on the moment when he saw Nani sent off against Real Madrid on Tuesday. According to the FIFA Law 12, the consequence of dangerous play is a caution, but Nani was sent off. For a challenge to be considered serious foul play there has to be excessive force, which obviously there wasn’t when Nani was simply attempting to bring the ball down.
“I’d initially gone over to tell him Nani was looking at the ball,” Giggs said. “I’ve gone back to my position on the edge of the box, because they’ve got a free-kick. I was actually looking at the referee when he did it (showed the red card). I’ve never, ever experienced a shock like it on a football pitch because I just didn’t expect it. And I’ve never seen a stadium in shock like that.”