Man United fans brand Roy Keane 'traitor' for backing Nani red card
Roy Keane has come under fire on Twitter after supporting the controversial red card handed to Man U’s Nani during last night’s game against Real Madrid.
The former United midfielder has been branded a “traitor” after saying in an ITV studio discussion after the match he backed the 57th-minute dismissal.
Keane said he agreed with Turkish ref Cuneyt Cakir, who sent off Nani for a challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.
The match sent United crashing out of the Champions League.
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In a heated studio discussion with Gareth Southgate after the match he said: “I actually think he [the ref] made the right call – whatever people are getting upset about it, if any time I was sent off in my career I always thought ‘did I give the referee a chance to send me off?’ and if the answer was ‘yes’ then it’s out of your hands he’s actually made the right call.
“Everyone’s upset about it and it was slightly unlikely, but it’s dangerous play; whether he meant it or not is irrelevant”.
Gareth Southgate replied: “To balance that he is not aware of that player coming, he’s thinking he’s got control of that ball in the air”.
Keane interjected: “You said he’s not aware Gareth but does he not think there’d be other footballers on the pitch?”
Gareth replied: “Well no, no, he’s looking entirely at the ball to bring it down and control it, now at this last minute now he sees the player, impossible for him to pull out, but I’m not disa – I’m not saying, but I think the referee, I can see why…”.
Keane then butted in to say the referee “waited a couple of minutes” before making the decision. He told Gareth “you have to be aware of other footballers on the pitch – does he think he’s going to have 20 yards to himself?”
Keane then quickly dismissed Gareth’s suggestion Nani’s move was unintentional, saying “it’s irrelevant”.
Fans have taken to social networking site Twitter to criticise Keane’s comments:
User @SimonDouglas1 wrote: “Officially lost any and all respect for Roy Keane. You might have been a great player but your bitterness towards United and SAF is tragic.”
Meanwhile @reddevil_19 said: “Never expected Roy Keane to be a traitor. Will never use legend and keane in the same sentene henceforth #period”.
And @Royston_Baxter said: “I think Roy Keane needs to cast back his mind to his Haaland challenge before commenting on any such matter #hypocrite”.
And @NTA_R3 said: “Roy Keane commenting about a foul is like John Terry giving marriage advice”.
But others jumped to defend Keane. User @cynicreeve said: “Many Man Utd fans are turning on Roy Keane after his opinion last night, it's an opinion, he's being subjective and he believes its foulplay”.
And @gurdev_villa wrote: “Roy Keane spoke facts. He knows it was a red”.
Sir Alex Ferguson was too angry to speak after last night’s controversial red card. He stormed on to the touchline yelling at the ref and defender Rio Ferdinand applauded sarcastically in the ref’s face.
Speaking after the game Fergie’s assistant Mike Phelan said: “The manager is distraught — he is not in a fit state to talk about the decision.
“We were in control but the game totally changed. It was a crazy decision that ruined the spectacle of a great European night. I’ve left behind a distraught manager and a distraught dressing room.”