Fan calls helpline to report Nani 'crime'

Mar 07, 2013, 07:58 IST | AFP

A teenage Man Utd fan, who dialled police to report a referee for the "crime" of sending off Nani during his side's 1-2 Champions League defeat by Real Madrid, has apologised

The 18-year-old, who has not been named, was watching TV at home in a village near Bingham in Nottinghamshire, central England, when, like thousands of United fans at Old Trafford on Tuesday, he was incensed by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir’s decision to show a red card to Nani.

He then dialled Britain’s emergency 999 telephone line at around 2120 GMT to tell operators a crime had been committed. “While this may be amusing, it illustrates the sort of insincere calls we have to deal with on a daily basis,” chief inspector Ted Antill of Nottinghamshire Police said.

“They waste our time and direct us away from genuine victims of crime,” he added

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