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Turkish referee has no regrets over Nani red card

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Nani saw red for the high challenge (©Getty Images)
Nani saw red for the high challenge (©Getty Images).

Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir has insisted he made the correct decision to send off Nani during Manchester United's Champions League last-16 defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday evening.

The UEFA official has no regrets over the call that saw United reduced to 10 men mid-way through the second half of the second-leg encounter at Old Trafford.

Cakir came in for criticism after the match, as United surrendered a 1-0 lead, eventually going on to lose the match 2-1, and the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

But, speaking to Spanish newspaper AS and quoted on Goal.com, Cakir insists he doesn't regret the decision.

"I feel well and I don't doubt about my decisions," said Cakir. "The red card to Nani was right. People will realise about it."

The sending off seemed to change the dynamic of the game, and Sir Alex Ferguson was so distraught at the final whistle that he decided not to attend the post-match press conference. Nani appeared to attempt to control the ball over his shoulder, but caught Alvaro Arebola high up above his waist.

Cakir has been the centre of attention at several European ties involving English clubs. He was the official who sent off John Terry during Chelsea's Champions League semi-final at the Nou Camp and Mario Balotelli against Dynamo Kiev for a tackle on Goran Popov in 2011. 

"In my last games, no decision against English teams was unfair. Which one was incorrect? The red card to Terry? Or Balotelli? I think I have no mistake in showing them the red card and sending them off.

"It doesn't make me feel sad. I don't even think about it. I have received more critics other times and I always recover from that.

"I always try to do my job correctly and I'm on the right way. I have to keep doing properly."

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