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United - Those Nani Theatrics

There`s no doubting it was a horrible challenge from Jamie Carragher and the referee, Phil Dowd, should have produced a red card, but the manner in which matters evolved left a lot to be desired.

Championed as a leader in the pre-match build up, Nani did himself no favours by jumping to his feet, to offer his protestations, before noticing that the claret was flowing and then, theatrically, falling down again before being carried away on a stretcher.

Now perhaps the adrenalin rush nullified the pain in the immediate aftermath, I don`t honestly know, but perhaps a better ploy would have been to simply lay there, gather your senses and then assess what damage had been done, not seek verbal retribution for a challenge that left every body in the vicinity wince and should have been dealt with far more effectively by Phil Dowd!

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Monday March 7 2011
Time: 4:26PM


I think the initial theatrics is a players way to let the ref know a foul has been performed. Honestly if a player didn't go down like a drama queen I genuinely believe ref's wouldn't give freekicks for technical fouls. The sport is becoming increasingly strict with it enforcement of the rules, so if the rules are making it more of a girly game then, as expected, the players act more girly. At the same time people might criticise Nani but forget Suarez exit from the pitch also which was also overly dramatic but he could still walk whereas Nani was stretchered off with a massive gash in his leg!
07/03/2011 17:18:00
Rooney with his swan flop vs Chelsea, Nani with his "I've been shot" antics... pathetic. Don't blame refs, they been on your side for years.
07/03/2011 17:54:00
Getting some of your own medicine, too many refs have been blinded by Taggart over the years
Tiny T
07/03/2011 18:20:00
First off let me say Carra should have been sent off. Horrible challenge. No real defence of it. But the way Nani reacted was both sad and bizarre. I don't blame players for going down when challenged, especially when the contact was so forceful, but the way he got up ran 10 yards to confront our players, then throw himself on the floor with a double somersault with double twist (slight exaggeration) was outrageous, and slightly funny! There seems to be a certain few foreign players who try and bend the rules past breaking point. It's very sad, as Nani is a very good player and doesn't need this attention seeking behaviour.
07/03/2011 18:37:00
The reason Carragher got away with that horrible challenge was quite simply the way Nani reacted. The ref clearly thought he was play-acting and therefore the challenge wasn't that bad. Serves him right for trying to influence the ref, and Nani himself was lucky not to get sent off for his pushing of the ref. But hey, we see this type of crap from manure players time after time, yet get called ABU's or bitter when we object to it.
07/03/2011 20:20:00
Trying to influence the ref? He had a chunk missing out of his leg. You having a laugh?
07/03/2011 20:42:00
Don't bite the bait, FCB obviously doesn't watch Chelsea matches. Drogba, Essien etc, and Saving Private Robben, are all classics. Luckily one of our worst ex-players for got sold for £50m 5 weeks ago.
07/03/2011 21:10:00
Rafa he's a bitter blue not a chav blue which is even more laughable when you think about it.
07/03/2011 21:58:00
Im sick off seeing the likes of Gomes, Nani, Chamakh and everyones favourite moron Drogba acting in this way. Its pathetic.
08/03/2011 00:11:00
So nani gets up and grabs the ref in protest - and the ref is supposed to think he needs hospital treatment? Sorry ladies, but this guy has all kinds of history as a diving, whining little cheat - he wants Carragher sent off he doesn't play Lazarus, simples.
08/03/2011 06:56:00
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