[Video] Why Arsenal Fans May Have Little Sympathy For Nani Or United: Remember This?

By on March 6, 2013

Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League 3-2 on aggregate by Real Madrid on Tuesday night with the turning point in the match coming when winger Nani was sent off for catching Alvaro Arbeloa on the chest with a high boot. (You can watch a video of Nani’s sending off here)

As the fallout continues from a controversial night at Old Trafford many Gooners have taken to Twitter to remind United fans of an incident back in 2008 when then-Arsenal full-back Emmanuel Eboue was sent off for a similar offence when he caught Patrice Evra on the hip with a high boot.

What do you think, do Arsenal fans have a fair point? Are they right not to show too much sympathy towards their Premier League counterparts? Watch the video and judge for yourself:

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16 Comments

  1. A

    March 6, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Bang on.

    The only difference was that United players hounded the ref more, and a lot more aggressively, compared to Real Madrid.

  2. Tony

    March 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Another big difference was United where 3-0 up and the game was over no comparison

  3. davi

    March 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Well you can add in the ref giving them a penalty because Nani kicked the ball at a fallen Clichy’s hand, Van Nistelroy getting Vieira sent of for flicking his foot, Solskjaer getting a penalty for nothing, the ref ignoring a blatant foul by Ferdinand when Ljungberg was through on goal and of course Rooney’s dive to end the invinvibles run. It’s hard to feel sympathy for them any more.

    • davi

      March 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Also I do think the Eboue one was actually more of a red card offence. It wasn’t dangerous, but there appeared to be some intent. I didn’t complain at the time. The Nani one was clearly unintentional; a booking would have been slightly harsh but understandable, but a red card was ridiculous.
      Don’t remember the outcry when Evans broke Drogba’s rib, though. That was similar to Eboue’s but he clearly went in to hurt him whereas I think Eboue was just being petulant. Eboue’s red wasn’t so crazy but Evans should have received an extended ban on top of a red card.
      Also there’s the famous Rooney elbow on McCarthy which the ref saw and did nothing about – how can anyone offer them sympathy, really?

  4. Family Enclosure Man

    March 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    The Eboue challenge was actually a lot less dangerous – but the difference is that he could see his opponent, so the ref might have thought he was more culpable of trying to commit a foul. When I saw the headline to this piece I actually thoughtr it was going to be about a red card that RVP got playing for Arsenal in the ECl against FC Thun (I think) a few years ago. It was very similar to the Naani incident in that he raised his foot as he turned to follow the flight of a ball going over his shoulder, only to find that a Thun player had stuck his head there. Made a right mess of the guy’s nose and Robin saw red.

  5. Moneyball

    March 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    As a professional footballer, Nani should know he could not do this kung-fu kick whatsoever unless he was 100% sure nobody was in his vicinity. He deserved a red. He was reckless. Just asked why he pretended injury after the incident. He knew he was in trouble.

  6. Tom Wojtyga

    March 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    As an Arsenal fan I don’t feel sorry for Ferguson as he has been a beneficiary of many dubious red card decisions in his career, and always supported and manipulated referees into giving his side unfair advantage . But as a fair minded football fan I’m sad to see him loose that way, after his brilliant tactics against more talented Real Madrid. Watching him tweak his line up in a nuance way before each game , is the reason why he is the best manager in England and Man U are running away with the title. If only Wenger was half the manager Ferguson is, Arsenal might be able to win something .

  7. Fakunle Adesoji

    March 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    why was Nanni rolling on the ground as if he was hurt by the Madrid player? To me he deserved what he got.He actually wanted to hurt someone by that tackle and get the refree deceived that was the reason why he was rolling on the floor.

  8. daramz

    March 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    for me, it’s 50-50, also remember in 10/11 season rio did same to sagna and howard web blew play on, despite the obvious bad tackle as is jersey was torn from the incident

    • Tom Wojtyga

      March 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Every tackle is a 50 / 50 tackle in Howard Web’s opinion. I’m sure that’s what he told Demba Ba while he was being attended to for his broken nose after Collocini tried to rearranged his face in a Chelsea v New Castle.

  9. kman

    March 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    No sympathy for anybody, Man Utd reap what they have soul…….why giving liverpool,chelsea in premiership unworthy or undesrved red card before they can beat them. shame on you Man Utd why howab web again for our FA game on sunday but i know God is there, he will save us from match fixed referee WEB(amen) ………..up blues

  10. Zeoxzy

    March 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Of course most people here are just too stupid to realise the difference here. eboue when to head the ball and lead with his foot (stupid idea). Nani went to control the ball – with his foot, not talk anyone or anything malicious like that

  11. gardiancho

    March 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    lol this is not similar in ebue tackle it was just a touch, and for me is not a red card, how can you compere all foot on the body and touch to the body. NANI should be ban for the tackle. Ebue went with his head to the ball not with his foot so he had no intention to kick player this was just evra simulation and manchester making pressure to the referee.

  12. Mfournier

    March 7, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I am disappointed in the Red card on Nani NOT because I wanted ManU to win but because Modric is not getting the credit he deserves for coming on and turning the Game around. I feel he would have been just as effective EVEN with ManU having 11 on the pitch. The little maestro deserved the credit the Ref’s stoll it from him.

    Oh and Wilshere SHOULD watch that game and pay attention to what Modric did in that game he Does not always try and dribble he may call for the ball hardly move at all but pick a pass or get the ball only to one touch back but do it to give the team mate the ability to move to space. BUT when he sees a opportunity he strikes a shot He is efficient and affective. Wilshere is Very active hard working and Yet has little real effect it is all possession with NO end product. Carzola does this also But I still feel Modric is just a bit more effective (yet in Spain they feel he was a wasted transfer and that is why I wish the RED card had not happened It stole Modric’s thunder

  13. Marc

    March 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

    the fact is continental referees do no allow players to raise their feet. Clubs know it and so do players. Whilst Nani might not have intended any malice you simply cannot get away with that sort of challenge in europe.

  14. ken

    March 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

    everybody new nanni was going to be carded for that challenge it just so happened to be red nanni was aware of the player and wanted to get the ball first ,Dont give refs that choice, great sub by real madrid bringing on modric great goal ,, if we are not carefull with wilshere we will burn him out like micheal owen

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