Nani Slams Carragher Tackle & Explains Why he Cried

By on March 17, 2011

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Nani has spoken. The Manchester United winger was the victim of a horrendous challenge from Jamie Carragher at Anfield when United met Liverpool. The incident was well publicised and overshadowed the Liverpool win in which United were outplayed. Rivals fans to United questioned the seriousness of the injury and suggested that United fans wee using the tackle to cover up a poor performance.

Whatever the case, there is no denying that the tackle warranted a red card, and as Nani says here, his tears immediately after the tackle came as a result of him believing his season was over. The deep gash on his shin was clear for all to see, but Nani was still criticized for shedding tears. The recently returned Portuguese said:

“When I saw my leg for the first time, I thought my season was finished. That is why I was crying.

“Afterwards, the doctor saw my leg and said I had been lucky because it just needed stitches and I would be out for two or three weeks. He is surprised that I could recover even quicker.”

Nani was slightly hesitant in taking on the left back on his return to action after the injury against Marseille, but he recognises that the physical side is to be expected in the English Premier League:

“English football is like that. It is about making tackles.

“The fans enjoy it. I always finish the game sore because I have had three or four tackles on the same part of my ankle.”

However, despite accepting the physical side of the game, he agrees with most logical football fans when he says the Carragher tackle should not be accepted. Nani said:

“I don’t know what Carragher was thinking but I do know what he did was not football.”

“He came to apologise after the game. But I was not happy. It is the second time he injured me. Before, he put me out of the game for two months. He always tackles like that. I don’t want protection. I just want the referees to be fair. If it is a red card, they have to give it. If they give the card, the next time the player doesn’t make the tackle.”

Rumours have arisen recently stating that Nani has asked his agent to look for clubs in Italy for a possible transfer. This was however dismissed by the 24 year-old who said on his official Twitter account that he had “seen some false reports on the press. I want you to know that you will hear the truth from me. Love MU”.

So we will be seeing a lot more of Nani in the future then. Perhaps no the immediate future though, with him admitting to being a doubt for the Old Trafford clash with Bolton this Saturday:

“I played against Marseille but maybe I couldn’t play tomorrow because I have so many injuries. My leg is OK [but] it is not 100% and the confidence is not the same.

“I know players always like to tackle me, so I have to be careful. That is why my football was not the best. But it is great to be back. Now I am just thinking about the next game when I think I will be much better.”

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14 Comments

  1. brian

    March 17, 2011 at 9:19 am

    shut up nani u wimp.. u roll around like a baby after every tackle… u finally get hurt and you cry… haha.. read that fable ,the boy who cried wolf, and then u might realise why nobody carers… get over yourself

    • johnk

      March 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

      haha except in this story, Nani actually “cried”
      And i think his doctor is a dimwit. How can someone be injured for 2-3 weeks if they have a cut on their leg? Put a band aid and get on with the game! Ive had a friend who broke his finger during a game. He didnt know until after the game so he played on through the whole match.
      What a wimp

  2. i am he

    March 17, 2011 at 9:26 am

    nani are you ok? are yoy ok nani, nani are u ok? you been f***ed by a…..smooth carragher………….. watching nani crying just gets funnier aaaahhhaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  3. singaporean

    March 17, 2011 at 9:29 am

    1) nani wasn’t crying when he ran to the ref. it was more due to the ref not awarding the red card he resorted to pathetic crying.
    2) professional westlers can bleed just as much. an injury which was reported 4 weeks was surprisingly shortened to 1 week. either nani has untold mutant powers with accelerated healing, or he is a razzies winner. nani’s injury was simply exaggerated. simply more lies.
    3) true. the tackle wasn’t football. so are the crying, diving, whining, cheating, lying.
    4) the ref should give more cards for nani’s diving too.

    • johnk

      March 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

      yep i have a feeling they exaggerated to the media to get sympathy from football fans and try to get carra banned

  4. Tom

    March 17, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Jamie got jelous of all his medals

  5. albey

    March 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Well nani me old son if you cant take it fook off back to were ever you came from and pack in footy and do Michael Jackson impressions of him in thriller . O and take that other crying old fart fergie with you . O dam I have just broke my finger nail that will be four months of work

  6. bosco

    March 17, 2011 at 9:48 am

    nani cry like my little brother.ridiculous

  7. cry baby

    March 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

    well if carragher’s tackle was not football, why don’t we hear your comments on fat Rooney’s elbow, nani your’re a f…g hypocrite!! get over it you cry baby… WIMP!! CHEAT!!
    must agree though his was the funniest thing ever!!

  8. mamat

    March 17, 2011 at 10:47 am

    stupid nani the cheater and furgie..

  9. charlie

    March 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    So he was ok to run about throwing a temper tantrum with the ref, then when he realised he was not able to get carra sent off he sat down and started crying. Not only that but he doesn’t even have the maturity to accept the apology at the end of the game! He needed 3 stitches…3! My brother needed 17 in his head and didn’t cry! I’ve seen 11 year olds with more guts than that.

    Then Manure have the temerity to lie about the extent of the injury… what a pathetic bunch of losers. Break his leg next time carra, give him something to really cry about.

  10. Don

    March 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Haters gonna hate! Lovers gonna love!

  11. Tom

    March 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Does Nani think that the kind of tackle that Rafael likes doing is ‘football’? In the same way Carragher “always tackles like that”, Rafael always tackles two-footed off the floor at knee height, but escapes being sent off every time. I wonder why…………

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