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Nani Red Card: Man United Fan Dials 999
A football fan was so outraged with the referee's decision to send off Manchester United's Nani during a Champions League clash with Real Madrid, that he dialled 999.
The 18-year-old Manchester United supporter was watching the second-leg tie at Old Trafford from his home in a village near Bingham, Nottinghamshire, at around 9.20pm on Tuesday when he made the call.
He felt the moment the Reds' Portuguese midfielder was controversially shown the red card by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir for a high challenge on Real's Alvaro Arbeloa was a crime and called police.
The fan later apologised for his actions, claiming to have been caught up in the excitement.
United, who were leading 1-0 at the time of the dismissal, were reduced to 10 men and went on to lose the tie 2-1 and exited the competition 3-2 on aggregate.
Police are now urging Nottinghamshire residents to think before they dial.
There were 6,933 recorded hoax calls to Nottinghamshire Police in 2012, with calls increasing during holiday periods, particularly in August. This amounted to around 2% of all reported incidents.
Control Room Chief Inspector Ted Antill said: "While this recent example may be amusing, it illustrates the sort of insincere calls we have to deal with on a daily basis in the control room.
"They waste our time and they direct us away from genuine victims of crime, particularly if we dispatch officers out to something that turns out to be a bogus report.
"I would ask people to think before picking up the phone for emergency services. I would also advise parents to ensure your children are aware that prank calls and the reporting of made-up crimes is a crime in itself.
"There may be people out there in real trouble who need our help and they have to wait because we are tied up with calls like this one, reporting a referee from the television.
"It's no joke. In this case, the man realised his bad judgement and apologised and we decided not to pursue it further - but we can and we do prosecute people for wasting police time and making false reports."
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what do you think?
Lorgar, he's neither as he is a glory hunter.
Hope thay charge him with wasteing police time dum manc lol
My thoughts as well. I take football seriously but that is stupid. He should be fined.
He's a Man Utd supporter, not a Manc. He lives in Notts!
Lorgar, he's neither because he is a glory hunter and should support his hometown team.
*wasting. *dumb. Not in a position to call anyone dumb with the spelling skills you've been blessed with..
This sums up perfectly the attitudes of United and thier fans. They felt SO aggrieved that a decision went against them, he rang the police!
European refs are not biased as they are used to in the Premier League. And i wonder if Ferdinand will be charged for his childish actions? Still loving watching Taggart give himself apoplexy on the touchline...
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He deserved the red dangerous having his foot that high and jumping at the same time. And what a idiot for phoning the police what did he think they where going to do ?
Haha arrest the ref...another numpty wasting our time. Probably had too many shandys :)
But the Man U fans are giving us thumbs down lol !!
We should actually be careful what we say one of them may phone the police !!
Haha bless them :)
what a plonker
What in the world... Anyway, it couldn't have been that heat of the moment because Nani was sent off before 9pm, and he made the call around 9:20pm. More likely once Real had banged in a few goals he lost it.
You couldn't make it up! I suppose someone will phone the OFT everytime City or a rival buy a class player...
Sorry but that is really funny...........
I have been in various states of excitement from time to time, but have never once felt the urge to call the cops during any of these times! Poor stupid boy.
Not the sharpest tools in the box Utd supporters. And as per usual he's not even a Manc. P.S. Roy Keane is a legend!
Do you have to be a Manchester resident to be a Manchester fan then?
Anthony, of course not, because we would'nt have the term 'glory hunter' then would we.
This young man highlights the fundamental flaw with democracy.
What, the police never waste anyone's time?
Amazing that Nani can go in chest high, clearly taking an extra jab at Arbelo the instant he realised he missed the ball, and expect to get away with it. Only Utd can create such a fuss over an incident that had Suarez been involved in they would be calling for him to be banned. Double standards. Well done the ref for being strong.
Good point, the way they have had a go at our Suarez.
Football fans really do need a reality check and start living in the real world .IT'S JUST A GAME. SAD SAD PEOPLE
Maybe if they started charging these idiots with wasting police time and resources they may stop doing it! They can always make space in the prisons by releasing those dangerous non-payers of Council Tax who get to serve the whole length of their sentence unless somebody finds the money to pay the desperate councils!