Turkish Football Federation denies referee Cuneyt Cakir's interview over Nani red card

The Turkish official was reported to have rubbished suggestions claiming he an agenda against English clubs and back his decision to dismiss the midfielder at Old Trafford

The Turkish Football Federation has denied that referee Cuneyt Cakir gave an interview to Spanish newspaper AS in which he was reported to have defended his decision to send off Nani during Manchester United’s Champions League exit to Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The Turkish official came under major scrutiny following his decision to dismiss the Portugal international in the second leg of the crucial European encounter, which ended in Jose Mourinho’s side securing a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford.

Spanish newspaper AS reported that Cakir ‘didn’t doubt his decisions’ and claimed that sending off Nani for his challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa was the correct call.

Quotes were also attributed to the 36-year-old which rubbished suggestions that he had an agenda against English clubs after sending off Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Mario Balotelli in previous Uefa competitions.

The statement from the Turkish Football Federation read: “Referee Cuneyt Cakir didn’t give any interview to any journalist or to any media organisation and he also doesn’t have any social media account on websites like Facebook, Twitter, etc, because of our rules.”

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