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Turkish federation denies Cakir interview claims

8 March 2013 15:27

The Turkish Football Federation has denied referee Cuneyt Cakir gave an interview defending his decision to send off Nani on Tuesday.

The Turkish official has been under fire following his decision to show a red card to the Portugal international in the second leg of the crucial Champions League encounter, for what seemed like an honest attempt to bring down the ball.

United, leading 1-0 when Nani was sent off, went on to lose the second leg 2-1, bowing out of the round of 16 3-2 on aggregate.

Spanish newspaper AS reported that Cakir 'didn't doubt his decisions' and claimed the referee said 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.

However, the Turkish Football Federation have since denied Cakir spoke to any outlets on the subject.

"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," the TFF said in a statement.

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