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A Manchester United fan called 999 to complain about referee's red card decision last night

The unhappy fan later apologised.

Alex FErguson was furious with the ref's decision.
Alex FErguson was furious with the ref's decision.
Image: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

LOTS OF MANCHESTER United fans may have thought that Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid last night was a robbery… but only one rang the police.

After the Turkish referee controversially dismissed Nani during the second half of the Champions League last-16 tie at Old Trafford, one 18-year dialled 999 to complain.

“While this recent example may be amusing, it illustrates the sort of insincere calls we have to deal with on a daily basis in the Control Room,” Control Room Chief Inspector, Ted Antill says.

“They waste our time and they direct us away from genuine victims of crime, particularly if we dispatch officers out to something that turns out to be a bogus report.

“It’s no joke. In this case, the man realised his bad judgement and apologised and we decided not to pursue it further. But we can and we do prosecute people for wasting police time and making false reports,” he added.

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