Robin Van Persie blasts UEFA!

Robin Van Persie has launched a stunning attack on UEFA by branding them ‘cowards’.

Manchester United were left seething after Nani was controversially sent off for kicking Alvaro Arbeloa in their Champions League defeat to Real Madrid earlier this month

And Van Persie has blasted European football's govening body for standing by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir’s costly decision.

The Dutch striker, 29, said: “That red card was heavily unjustified. It was not even a yellow card or a free-kick. Nani couldn’t do anything about it, he hardly touched Arbeloa.

“The worst thing is that UEFA supports him. That’s cowardly, because I really don’t understand it.

“Why don’t they just be honest and say, ‘He hasn’t seen it?’

“I didn’t understand before the game that this man would be the referee, such an unknown referee who hasn’t been in charge of a big games for months.

“Even the guys from Madrid told me afterwards that it was not a red card.”

Van Persie is adamant United would have seen off Real and reached the quarter-finals were it not for Nani’s red card.

He added: “For an hour everything was looking good, the tactics seemed to be right.

“We really had the feeling that we were going to score the second goal and then it would become very difficult for Real Madrid, but then it the referee pulled the red card.

“Real were not dangerous at all, I’m sure we would have kept our position. So now it’s all about the title in the Premier League.”

Nani was sent off for this attack on Arbeloa

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