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Ollie's Way: Referee got it so wrong with Nani's red card

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I WATCHED the highlights of Manchester United versus Real Madrid and the controversy surrounding Nani's red card.

What I don't understand is we know what Nani can do and we've seen him play in England an awful lot – the bloke couldn't foul anyone.

He's a top footballer who is always keeping his eye on the ball and trying to bring it down, and not once did he take his eye off that ball.

He had no way of seeing or knowing what Alvaro Arbeloa was doing and to be honest, I've seen Arbeloa con referees in the past.

He rolled around and it was another culture of 'look at me' – he got up in the end but I thought the referee was absolutely useless.

It wasn't a red card in a million years. It was a high foot, but it wasn't deliberate – it was off the ground to try and bring the ball down with the top of his foot.

Arbeloa, if anything, ran straight into his foot, so it was a collision, and I think if Arbeloa had seen what Nani was going to do, he wouldn't have put his body anywhere near it.

For me, it was ridiculous and just a free-kick at most – I don't think it would merit a yellow card in my opinion.

I've seen so many bad decisions at the highest level, and once I was apologised to by the referees' association.

They assessed their referee and the panel found about six mistakes that cost my team nine points – and they sent us a letter in May.

Meanwhile, I'd like to congratulate Ryan Giggs on his 1,000th United appearance. He has been the model professional and to still be playing at the highest, highest level, is quite phenomenal.

I haven't seen anything like that in my lifetime and to play that many times and win and be consistent is totally and utterly amazing.

I think he was 17 years old on his debut and you could tell he was special, but what it takes to look after yourself and keep motivated is pretty exceptional.

I think he's saying it's down to a lot of yoga he does, but to be at the top of the game for that amount of years and score consistently for 23 seasons in the top flight is outstanding. He's a living legend in my opinion and he could be the best Premier League player we've ever seen.

I remember he scored one of the best goals I have ever seen when I played against him at Queens Park Rangers.

He actually went past about five us, and I was one of them, before hitting it into the far corner with his left foot.

And then I remember watching him in the FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park when he scored that wonder goal against Arsenal.

Ollie's Way: Referee got it so wrong with Nani's red card


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