The Turkish referee claims he has no regrets over dismissing the Portuguese winger during Manchester United’s second leg Champions League tie with Real Madrid
Controversial referee Cuneyt Cakir claims he has no regrets over sending off Nani in Machester United’s Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid.
The Turkish official came under major scrutiny following his decision to show a red card to the Portugal international in the second leg of the crucial European encounter, for what seemed like an honest attempt to bring down the ball.
“I feel well and I don’t doubt about my decisions. The red card to Nani was right. People will realise about it,” he told Spanish newspaper AS.
Cakir has been the centre of numerous contentious decisions in the past, being the man to send off John Terry in Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final at Barcelona last season and Mario Balotelli against Dynamo Kiev for a challenge 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,” he added.
“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.”