Replay fixtures ruined by officials?

Opinion: Manchester United's defeat to Real Madrid should be replayed after controversial sending off

Alan Vincent
Published 03/06/2013 17:27 by Alan Vincent.

It's time UEFA started looking at replaying games that have been clearly decided by an extremely bad refereeing decision.

The Manchester United versus Real Madrid game was touted as the biggest game in the world.Unfortunately, an incorrect red card decided the match.

Even Jose Mourinho, the Madrid manager, looked apologetic and slightly embarrassed to win at the end.

The decision was in fact so bad, and so crucial that it had to make you wonder about bribery and corruption that has been mentioned recently in some Champions League games.

Such decisions are so inexplicable you have to wonder what the referee can be thinking, knowing how he can influence the game so easily.

Of course people will say that everyone will want a replay if that was the case, but there are some decisions, such as this one, that are so blatantly wrong, there can be no argument that one team has been, for want of a better word, robbed.

The anti-United brigade will no doubt call it sour grapes, but anyone looking at Nani's sending off objectively could see it was no more than a yellow card.

With United leading 1-0 at the time, the game was completely ruined as a contest and it became inevitable that Madrid would score enough goals to win.

Turkish referee, Cuneyt Cakir, has a history of sending off players from English clubs having previously sent off John Terry in last year’s semi-final and Steven Gerrard before him. It does make you wonder if Uefa had this in mind when appointing him.

So called smaller clubs in the Premier League complain about big clubs getting all the decisions, but United could rightly argue that this was a case of the world's biggest and richest club getting all the decisions against them.


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