Wednesday, March 06, 2013
''KEANE DIDN'T EVEN PLAY IN AN EUROPEAN CUP FINAL, HE KNOWS NOTHING'' FORMER MAN UTD LEGEND BLAST ROY KEANE FOR DEFENDING NANI'S RED CARD
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.
'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.