Nani angry over FA failure to punish Carragher for horror tackle
Published 17/03/2011 | 05:00
Manchester United winger Nani has claimed the English FA should have punished Liverpool's Jamie Carragher for the tackle that left him fearing that his season was over.
Nani made a surprisingly swift return to first-team action in United's 2-1 Champions League victory against Marseille on Tuesday, just nine days after being carried off at Anfield as a result of the gashed shin sustained following Carragher's tackle during the 3-1 defeat against Liverpool.
Carragher received only a yellow card for the challenge, which left Nani with a gash on his left leg so deep that his shin bone was visible.
FIFA regulations prevent the FA from taking retrospective action on incidents dealt with by the match referee, but Nani insists that the authorities should have made an example of Carragher.
"Yes, I think so," Nani said. "The referee can decide after to say something (to the FA). When there's a tackle like that, the player should be sent off. I want referees to pay more attention when players make tackles like that.
"The referee said afterwards that he saw my leg. The injury could have ended my season."
Nani's immediate reaction to the challenge was to leap to his feet and point to his shin before falling to the ground, prompting Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to urge him to get back to his feet. But Nani claims that a feeling of shock led him to react as he did.
"I felt the pain straight away, but I was in shock and I wanted to show the ref," he said.
Nani said that when he showed the referee his leg "you could tell on his face" that he thought he should have given a red card. "The first time I looked at my leg, I was thinking: 'The season is finished for me now.' That's why I was crying."
With 11 first-team players battling to overcome injury, plus Paul Scholes being suspended for the next two league games, Nani is likely to be called upon to face Bolton at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Nani added that Carragher tried to apologise "but I said I was not happy because, if you ask someone in football about a tackle like that, afterwards you're not going to (accept their apology) with it happening for the second time in a year." (© Daily Telegraph, London)