Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has blasted UEFA as "cowardly" following its decision to stand by referee Cuneyt Cakir. Follow GOAL.COM on Twitter
The Turkish official controversially sent off Nani in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie with Real Madrid, a game which Sir Alex Ferguson's men went on to lose, having led at the time of the red card.
"That red card [Nani against Real Madrid] was heavily unjustified," Van Persie told reporters. "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 game for months."
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