Nani is left in TEARS after seeing red for Orlando City

Former Manchester United winger Nani leaves the pitch in TEARS after his yellow card for a late challenge is upgraded to red by VAR during Orlando City’s clash against Columbus Crew

  • Portuguese winger Nani was given an early bath for Orlando City on Wednesday  
  • The ex-Manchester United star’s yellow was upgraded to red after VAR check 
  • Nani was in tears after what looked a harsh dismissal despite his late challenge
  • Fans have blasted the ‘joke decision’ with some saying it ‘wasn’t even a foul’ 

Orlando City winger Nani was reduced to tears after being given an early bath against Columbus Crew following a late challenge from the former Manchester United man.

The Portuguese star, now 33, was in disbelief after his yellow card for a tackle on Columbus midfielder Artur was upgraded to red by VAR, with the referee going to the pitchside monitor for a second look. 

His Orlando City team-mates were left seething at the decision, which appeared harsh as Nani looked to get contact on the ball and did not catch his opponent cleanly as he followed through.

Ex-Man United winger Nani was left in tears after being sent off for Orlando on Wednesday

The Portuguese star looked to have won the ball as he followed through on a clearance 

The player was sent tumbling to the ground with the referee initially giving him a yellow card 

But after checking the pitchside monitor he decided to upgrade the yellow card to red 

A clip from early in the second half shows Nani trying to hold off two Columbus players outside his own box, before he turns and attempts to make a clearance before colliding with Artur, who was sent tumbling and slumped to the turf.

The late challenge broked an angrier response from Orlando than Columbus, with Nani’s team-mates believing he had got the ball, and the player himself looked stunned after the referee blew his whistle and showed him a yellow card.

But shortly after he jogged over to the pitchside monitor to observe the incident closely and returned to dish out a straight red instead – as furious Orlando stars surrounded him in opposition.

Nani was bemused and distraught as he walked off the pitch early in the second half 

At first Nani looks in disbelief before he collapses to his knees and is then seen crying as he walking off the pitch, using his shirt to mop up his tears after being left devastated by the episode.

It’s provoked shock among fans, too, with a handful of football fanatics calling the decision ’embarrassing’ and ‘not even a foul’.

One fan wrote: ‘In what world is that a red card?! That’s embarrassing,’ while another said: ‘I’d even argue it wasn’t even a yellow, if a foul at all to be honest!’

‘How has the referee seen that and thought it’s a red card?’ Wrote another user.

The referees decision to use the pitchside monitor but criticised him for failing to spot that Nani had made contact with the ball initially.

‘Not a red for me. Nice to see refs using the VAR monitors which we all want to see but you see Nani’s foot is down and hits the ball first and the player goes over the ball. Poor decision ref.’

Nani, who has since played for Valencia, Fenerbache and Lazio and boyhood club Sporting Lisbon since he left Old Trafford, played 230 times for the Red Devils in a hugely successful spell. 

Nani was involved in controversial moments at Old Trafford and was accused of being a diver

He scored 40 goals as he won the Premier League four times and will be remembered by United supporters for his passionate displays like these.

Nani was involved in series of dramas during his time in the Premier League. He once received a red card for headbutting West Ham’s Lucas Neill in 2008 and was often given a reputation as a diver. 

He also scored one of the most bizarre goals in top flight history as tapped home from just yards out against Tottenham as goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was preparing to take a free kick.  

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