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UEFA defends red card decision on Nani

March 6, 2013
By ESPN.com news services
UEFA defended referee Cuneyt Cakir in the face of heavy criticism after Cakir sent off Nani during Manchester United's Champions League loss to Real Madrid.

With United leading 1-0 on Tuesday, Cakir red-carded Nani in the 56th minute after the United player stretched his leg to try to control the ball but caught Alvaro Arbeloa in the chest with the studs of his right boot.

Madrid then scored two quick goals and won 2-1, advancing to the quarterfinals 3-2 on aggregate.

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