Posted March 05, 2013

Newsstand: British Tabloids Aflare After Man United’s Controversial Loss To Real Madrid

How today's drama will play on tomorrow's front pages


Real Madrid eliminated Manchester United from the Champions League today with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford. The English champions led 1-0 after an own goal by Sergio Ramos, but the turning point came when Turkish referee Cuynet Cakir sent off Nani for a studs-high challenge.


That straight red card opened the door for goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo (formerly of United), which left the shorthanded English champions eliminated from the tournament. As Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho confessed afterward: “The best team lost.”

Here’s a look at how tomorrow’s British tabloids, which closed almost immediately after the final whistle, are reacting to the biggest match of the season to date.

Telegraph Sport


Daily Mail, back page


Daily Mirror, back page


Daily Star, back page



Hey SI, last time I checked United aren't the English Champions. They may win this year, but they are not currently the champions.


Sir Fergie is a punk and he has made a career out of badgering officials and stealing calls (the ridiculous red given to Torres when Chelsea were controlling United earlier this year was vintage United nonsense.

Well, karma is a bitch, isn't it?  The only thing that would have made this win more sweet would have been to see the old man charge the Turk, but the walk of shame will have to do.

So much for the greatness of the EPL.  And benching Rooney?  Nice call, Alex.


"A tackle that endangers the safety of an opponent must be sanctioned as serious foul play".  The next line goes:
"Any player who lunges at an opponent in challenging for the ball from the front, side, or from behind using one or both legs with excessive force and endangering the safety of an opponent is guilty of serious foul play."

What Nani did meets this description to a "T".  It is a textbook example of this last line.  Notice the complete absence of any mention of the word "intent".  


Looking at the replay Nani did see the Madrid player coming in and left his studs up... red card offense even without contact. Don't be surprised to find the British tabloids irate. Of course they want a British side to win, but they'll also say the most outrageous things to please Alex Ferguson. Reuters, Sonia Oxley claims Nani's studs to the chest were not even dangerous. If SAF tells them up is down, they'll all stand on their heads till they pass out.