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So, Was It A Red Card?

Football
Wednesday, 6th March, 2013

Jose said the whole world would stop to watch, and if you did then you know what I am talking about.

Last night I watched Man Utd vs Real Madrid, and it was a pretty good game. Very tactical and both sides did not play their best attacking football, but still a watchable game. Man U then scored, or rather Sergio Ramos did in his own net; Real Madrid stepped it up a bit, and tried attacking more and brought on Kaká. Then Nani done a flying kick motion to try to control the ball, missed and connected with Arbeloa’s chest instead, and Nani rolled around a bit. When he got to his feet the referee then showed him a red card, to most people’s amazement.

Real Madrid went on to win 2-1 on the night, 3-2 on aggregate, and are into the quarter finals.

What do you think? Was it a red card?

I think that it sort of was, but having said that I was shocked when he did sent him off. It was dangerous play, his leg was high, studs were showing, so then it’s a red card. His only defence was that he was making a genuine attempt to get to the ball, and he could not see Arbeloa, so there was no intent.

Opinion has been divided somewhat, Roy Keane was his usual passionate self after the match and said it was the correct decision and he should have been sent off. “If you give the referee a chance to send you off then it’s out of your hands”; Probably the most sense the man has said :mrgreen:

Spoiled the game?

There is a thought too that the referee should try his best to keep a match 11 vs 11 and not send a player off unless it’s absolutely necessary. In a way I share that view, however I am a Spain supporter, and if you saw the 2010 World Cup final then Netherlands should have had half their team sent off, but the (English) referee decided to try to keep it 11 vs 11. That game also made the record books for the most number of yellow cards in a final, and in my opinion not showing a red card there spoiled that match.


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