7 Mar 2013

Fan dials police to report referee

10:11 am on 7 March 2013

A teenage Manchester United fan who dialled police to report a referee for the "crime" of sending off Nani during his side's Champions League defeat by Real Madrid has apologised.

The 18-year-old, who has not been named, was watching at home when, like thousands of United fans at Old Trafford he was incensed by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir's decision to show a red card to Nani.

That prompted the supporter, who was watching the match on television in a village near Bingham in Nottinghamshire, central England, to dial Britain's emergency telephone line to tell operators a crime had been committed.

United, leading 1-0 on the night, then lost the match 2-1 and the tie 3-2 on aggregate as they exited the Champions League at the first knockout stage of the last 16.

No further action has been taken against the teenager.