Wednesday, March 06, 2013


Right decision: Roy Keane went against common opinion and claimed the referee was right to dismiss Nani

Manchester United legend Paddy Crerand has launched a stinging attack on former captain Roy Keane after his defence of controversial Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir.

Cakir has been heavily criticised for sending off United winger Nani in his side's 2-1 Champions League defeat by Real Madrid last night.

The former Republic of Ireland captain, who is working as a football pundit for ITV, claimed the Portuguese was guilty of dangerous play after his challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa - but Crerand has rubbished his opinion.
'Let me tell you something, Roy Keane was in a minority of one,' he told Radio Ulster. 'Nobody else thinks it was a sending off apart from him. Does Keane want to be noticed? Or is he envious or jealous? Has he got the needle with Manchester United because of what happened to him here?

'Why are we talking about Roy Keane? What about the other 99.9 per cent of people who said it wasn’t as sending off? Let me tell you…I played for Manchester United. I played in a European Cup final. Roy didn’ t; the referee was wrong.

'Common sense comes in to this. Nani has no idea Arbeloa is there, he had his eye on the ball. Was it dangerous? Arbeloa didn’t get carried off did he? I will tell you what he did do, he rolled over three times as if he had been shot but Nani just got up and carried on with the game.
Marching orders: Nani was sent off for this challenge during the second half

'Straight after the two players went down, Sergio Ramos – the Madrid captain – ran up and waved an imaginary card in the referees face. Now that is a bookable offence in anybody’s language.'

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was apoplectic on the touchline but Keane believes Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir made the right decision.

He said: 'I think the referee has actually made the right call. Everyone's upset about it and it's slightly unlucky, but it's dangerous play. Whether he meant it or not is irrelevant.
'It's dangerous play - it's a red card.
Marching orders: Nani was sent off for this challenge during the second half

'You have to be aware of other players on the pitch. Does he think he's going to have 20 yards to himself?

One Twitter user said: 'Worst thing to come out of tonight is Roy Keane's dirty comments, absolutely quality for us as a player but what a bitter fella.'

Another added: 'The last bit of respect I had for Roy Keane has now well and truly gone.'
No love lost: Fergie was furious with the referee over the decision to send Nani off

Despite a highly successful working career together, Keane has blasted his former boss on a number of occasions since his departure in November 2005.

Keane was unhappy with the way he was ushered out of Old Trafford eight years ago.

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