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Was sending Nani off the right decision?

Manchester United lost 2-1 at Old Trafford and 3-2 on aggregate to Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 knock out tie.

The home side were in cruise control of the match and took the lead in the second half through a Sergio Ramos own goal.

However, in  the 56th minute referee Cuynet Cakir dismissed Manchester United’s winger Nani for his high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa that changed the complexion of the game altogether.

Was that a red card? Both the players were coming for the high ball and Nani wasn’t aware of the presence of Arbeloa and therefore, the high challenge can be considered as an accidental offence and yellow card would have been the right punishment.

On the other hand, an offence is an offence and for that one should deserve the punishment. Former United skipper Roy Keane feels the referee has made the right call, simply because it was a dangerous play, whether he meant it or not is irrelevant.

Bottom line is that the ref was in an impossible position and would have been damned whatever decision he made.