Nani: I refused Carragher's apology as he'd done the same to me before
Manchester United's Nani has said he refused to accept Jamie Carragher's apology for the tackle which he feared had ended his season at Anfield because it was the second bad challenge from the Liverpool defender in as many seasons.
Nani, who said the Football Association should be empowered to issue retrospective action in cases like the Carragher tackle, has been mocked by Liverpool fans for crying on the pitch after the tackle but said he wept as he was overcome by the thought his season was over.
Nani issued a fairly rare tweet on Tuesday to express surprise at reports that he was ready to leave Old Trafford for Italy, and also reiterated his incredulity when speaking after the 2-1 win over Marseilles which sent his club into tomorrow's Champions League quarter-final draw.
Nani said of Carragher: "He came to apologise to me but I said I was not happy when he 'did' me. If you ask anyone in football after they have suffered a tackle like that, they are not going to accept an apology – especially as it was the second year he took me out." Nani may have been talking about an injury sustained in the October 2009 Anfield game. "I was not happy because when there's a tackle like that, the player should be sent off," he added. "I want referees to pay more attention when players make tackles like that.
"I think [the FA must be able to issue a retrospective red.] The referee afterwards said he saw my leg. It could have ended my season. The first time I looked at my leg, I was thinking, 'The season is finished for me now'. That's why I was crying."
Liverpool fans, sceptical about the speed of Nani's recuperation, also point to his ability to walk to the referee, demanding a dismissal, after the tackle. "I felt the pain straight away," Nani insisted. "But I was in shock, I wanted to show to the ref [what he'd done]. If I'm not going to be able to play he has to give the red card [for a tackle like that]. He quickly gave the yellow card. Then I showed him my leg and you could tell on his face [that he thought he should have given a red card]."
Wayne Rooney has also unequivocally insisted he will stay beyond the summer. "I signed a new contract to stay here and unless I'm ever not wanted then I'll be staying here, that's for sure," he said. "I made a mistake by saying I wanted to leave but I've committed my future to United and I'm happy, my family are happy so there's no reason for me to move elsewhere."
Latest in Sport
Brendan Rodgers future: Odds shorten on sack as Liverpool manager prepares to meet bosses in next 36 hours
Fifa corruption: Sepp Blatter's right-hand man Jerome Valcke 'sent' $10m payment to Jack Warner in letter from the South African FA
Christian Benteke future: Agent duped into revealing Liverpool and Tottenham target will 'not sign new contract'
Next Liverpool manager: Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp among favourites to succeed Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool transfer news: James Milner nearing Anfield switch, but club baulk at £32.5m Christian Benteke release clause
- 3 Alton Towers crash: Four seriously injured and 16 guests trapped as Smiler ride carriages collide
- 4 Gay teenager 'forced to have sex with his own mother' to 'cure' his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
- 5 Ann Summers survey reveals the UK's favourite sex position
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers