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."

News
Alan Bennett has criticised the “repellent” reality shows which dominate our screens
tvBut he does like Stewart Lee
Life and Style
The Google Doodle celebrating the start of the first day of autumn, 2014.
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
Sport
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal
football
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Life and Style
Vote with your wallet: the app can help shoppers feel more informed about items on sale
lifeNew app reveals political leanings of food companies
News
Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, left, with her daughter, Bristol
newsShe's 'proud' of eldest daughter, who 'punched host in the face'
Sport
New Zealand fly-half Aaron Cruden pictured in The Zookeeper's Son on a late-night drinking session
rugby
Arts and Entertainment
Salmond told a Scottish television chat show in 2001that he would also sit in front of a mirror and say things like,
tvCelebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Life and Style
Carol O'Brien, whose son Rob suffered many years of depression
healthOne mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
Arts and Entertainment
The cover of Dark Side of the Moon
musicCan 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition? See for yourself
Life and Style
food + drink
News
Rob Merrick's Lobby Journalists were playing Ed Balls' Labour Party MPs. The match is an annual event which takes place ahead of the opening of the party conference
newsRob Merrick insistes 'Ed will be hurting much more than me'
News
A cabin crew member photographed the devastation after one flight
news
Voices
A new app has been launched that enables people to have a cuddle from a stranger
voicesMaybe the new app will make it more normal to reach out to strangers
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits