Nani’s red card against Real Madrid prompted much debate as to whether or not it was merited. Most Manchester United fans protested that it was an incorrect decision. And Roy Keane gleefully took up the case for the referee.
As if to rub salt into the wounds, United supporters watching last night’s match between Bayern Munich and Arsenal had to witness an almost identical incident involving Javi Martinez.
The Bayern midfielder collided with Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky in a mid-air, studs-up challenge. His eyes were firmly on the ball and he was aiming to bring it under control, rather than kick Rosicky.
And he was punished with a yellow card.
What was the difference?