Man Utd fan phones police to report 'United being robbed' after Nani red

Posted by Chris Wright

Nani is shown a red card against Real MadridGettyImagesCriminal decision: Nani sees red against Real Madrid

Nottinghamshire Police have sadly had to remind the public about the dangers of wasting police time after a Manchester United fan phoned 999 (the British equivalent of 911) to report witnessing a heinous crime in his living room on Tuesday evening.

Disgusted at what he was seeing on his television screen, the 18-year-old United fan phoned the emergency services and told the call handler that "United had been robbed" after Nani was shown a soft red against Real Madrid.


Nottinghamshire's Police Control Room Chief Inspector, Ted Antill, had this to say:

"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."

The fan, who called from his home in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, has since apologised for his actions, claiming to have been "caught up in the excitement".

The Police have decided not to pursue the matter further.

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