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United - Was Fletcher Being Coy?

One of the most unusual takes on the Nani controversial goal incident this weekend comes from Darren Fletcher.

Now I love Fletcher to bits but even I can`t help feeling he`s an ideal candidate for Specsavers when he remarks, in the aftermath of the incident,

"I thought it was a penalty straight away. I know the referee didn`t blow, he was just telling Nani to get up and play on."

"I don`t know if their goalkeeper thought he gave a foul for simulation, but Nani has got up and stuck it in the back of the net."

"It`s one of those situations where no one knows what happens. But Nani has done his job and had to score. If the referee doesn`t give the free kick, then the ball is in play."

"You are always taught to play to the whistle and that is just what Nani has done."

Right! Who wants to tell Darren about the blatant handball we got away with?

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Monday November 1 2010
Time: 7:56PM


i wonder what the verdict would have been if the boot had of been on the other foot!
01/11/2010 20:36:00
the game was already lost before this so this call isn't being argued for that reason man u were the better side and they won like they should have its just the stupidity in officiating had this been a call that would have actually been the winning goal.
01/11/2010 21:02:00
The ref may not have called a penalty but the ball was played with Nanis hands therefore it should have been whistled for the foul and Gomes should have been smarter and knew to play the whistle its just common sense but so is the handball. Either way if it was given advantage and we didnt take advantage of it by setting the ball down then it should have just been called back for a free kick...I dont really care it makes no difference to the final result and it is no excuse for the loss I would just hate to see this happen in a more meaningful match and it cost a team an actual win.
01/11/2010 21:05:00
for having the best league in the world we sure as hell dont have the best officials in the world....that is the only sad thing about this whole thing. i understand man u side of play the whistle but you also have to understand its called football for the reason you use your feet nani used his hands therefore play should have stopped. if it was penalty or not...well it was ruled one even though it could have gone either way. you as well as i know nani is one of the biggest floppers out there as a player i wont take anything away from his talent he is up there with some of the best at what he can do on the field i just dont like his attitude...he is a player you only like if he is on your team and if not then you cant stand the guy
01/11/2010 21:08:00
our officials are crap but not as crap as some we've encountered!
01/11/2010 21:17:00
you are right about that merlin there have been far worse. this was a incident that is a 1 in its not that big of a deal its idiotic of both sides in there own retrospect but it would have been much stupider if it was the incident of the winning result.
01/11/2010 21:32:00
Very big of you to admit it here Red Boy, respect for that! Dumb ting is, Man U won the match fair and square (although only 1-0 imo). Shame that the game will always be remembered for the refereeing insted of a good game where both sides played attacking football and went for all 3 points!
The Horses Mouth
02/11/2010 01:12:00
This dicussion/debate has bored me being honest. No offense to all the Tottenham fans but some honestly believed they were robbed of the game, when truthfully their only attacking inspiration, Van Der Vaart, went off injured. Bale couldn't do anything thanks to Rafael who was amazing, Lennon couldn't do much par a little bit of smart play due to Evra and Vidic with his cover work. Modric was arguably the only other player doing anything.
02/11/2010 07:59:00
handball doesnt matter, the ref played on
02/11/2010 14:41:00
subject closed, it's history now - a bit like Liverpool!
Red Boy
02/11/2010 19:40:00
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