Furious Man United fans turn on Keane after former captain claims Nani red card was 'right decision'
23:08 GMT, 5 March 2013
06:09 GMT, 6 March 2013
Manchester United fans have reacted furiously after Roy Keane claimed the decision to send off Nani in the Champions League clash with Real Madrid was the right one.
United fans on Twitter have described Keane as 'bitter' and claim to have 'lost respect' for the former Old Trafford hero.
Keane's comments came on ITV in the moments after the match which saw his former side kicked out of Europe's elite competition by a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.
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The turning point of the match came midway through the second half when Nani was shown a straight red for a clumsy challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.
The Portugal international appeared to be watching high ball land and his leg hit the Madrid player in his midriff.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was apoplectic on the touchline, but Keane believes Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir made the right decision.
He said: 'I think the referee has actually made the right call. Everyone's upset about it and it's slightly unlucky, but it's dangerous play. Whether he meant it or not is irrelevant.
'It's dangerous play – it's a red card.
'You have to be aware of other players on the pitch. Does he think he's going to have 20 yards to himself
'Whether it's [a brave decision] or not, it's the right decision. Whether he meant it or not doesn't matter.
'Nani's a quick boy to go down anyway. He's not the bravest player on the planet.'
Keane insisted the referee had carefully considered his decision.
Marching orders: Nani was sent off for this challenge during the second half
He added: 'It doesn't matter if he
knows there's somebody there or not, it's irrelevant. I don't think the
referee actually made the decision because he waited a couple of minutes
while the player was getting treatment.
'I think it might have been the assistant that made the decision, and I actually think he's made the right call.
'We always say referees are very quick to make decisions – he waited a couple of minutes.
'Any time I was sent off in my career
I always thought, “did I give the referee chance to send me off” And
if the answer is yes, then it's out of your hands.'
The defeat leaves United battling on
two fronts for domestic silverware, but Keane may not be welcome at the
home of the Barclays League leaders in the wake of his comments.
One Twitter user said: 'Worst thing
to come out of tonight is Roy Keane's dirty comments, absolutely quality
for us as a player but what a bitter fella.'
Another added: 'The last bit of respect I had for Roy Keane has now well and truly gone.'
No love lost: Fergie was furious with the referee over the decision to send Nani off
a highly successful working career together, Keane has blasted his
former boss on a number of occasions since his departure in November
Keane was unhappy with the way he was ushered out of Old Trafford eight years ago.
interview with MUTV in which he was critical of some of his Manchester
United team-mates was given as a reason for his departure after
Asked if he could envisage a time
when he would have a good relationship with the Scot again, Keane told
The Sun: 'I wouldn’t have thought so, no. He’s a busy man and I’m fairly
'I said before I
was disappointed the way I was treated at the end, nobody will change
that. But that doesn’t mean to say I’m bitter and twisted towards Man
United. Far from it.
'I can go back there, I just wouldn’t be comfortable so that’s my choice.'
also told the Sunday Times: 'People say Ferguson always does what is
right for Man United. I don’t think he does. I think he does what is
right for him.'