Nani's red card tested my faith in football: Ferguson

Mar 09, 2013, 04:14 IST | PA Sport

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims it is "hard to keep your faith" in football after decisions like Nani's red card on Tuesday -- but referee Cuneyt Cakir still insists he made the right call.

Ferguson was so furious at Cakir’s decision to dismiss Nani for a high tackle on Alvaro Arbeloa that he opted not to attend the mandatory post-match press conference following his side’s 2-1 Champions League last 16 defeat to Real Madrid.

Sir Alex Ferguson

“It’s hard to keep your faith when you see what’s happened in the last few years,” said Ferguson. “It’s the third time we’ve been knocked out by a referee’s decision and it’s not easy to take. I was concerned before the game. I said that to my staff. I had a big worry about it. But it’s gone now. We have to get on with it,” he lamented.

Ferguson is unlikely to be impressed when he discovers Cakir has chosen to break his own silence on the matter to Spanish newspaper AS. Cakir has defended his decision to dismiss Nani.

Cuneyt Cakir

“I feel well and I don’t doubt my decisions,” Cakir told AS. “The red card to Nani was correct. People will see that is the case in time,” he added.

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