Matt Taylor and Ricardo Vaz Te say Nani should have got yellow card
West Ham duo Matt Taylor and Ricardo Vaz Te told Soccer AM the Nani red card was a tough call.
Last Updated: 09/03/13 12:55pm
The Manchester United winger's controversial dismissal was the hot topic of the week and Soccer AM's guests were still debating the issue on Saturday morning.
West Ham duo Matt Taylor and Ricardo Vaz Te joined Max and Helen on the orange sofas to offer their insight into Nani's high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.
Vaz Te, who is a good friend of the United player, suggested a yellow card would have sufficed, but says he has not spoken to his former Portugal Under-21 team-mate about it.
"I know he will be very disappointed more than anyone," he said.
"So I think it's better just to leave him to it and then in a week or so he can talk about it. At the moment you'd rather leave the player alone to digest what happened.
"I think it was definitely a foul. From different angles it looks innocent, but it was the follow-through that convinced the referee that it was a red.
"I would definitely have given him a yellow. It's a difficult one."
Hammers team-mate Taylor was in a good position to speak about dangerous challenges after being knocked unconscious by a Peter Crouch overhead kick last weekend.
But he says the Stoke striker's actions were unintentional and said Nani's challenge falls into the same category.
"For me Nani was not aware of where the player is," Taylor said.
"It's a difficult one but he probably hasn't helped himself by lying on the floor and giving the referee a lot of time to think. Maybe that's had some sort of impact on his decision.
"If I was the referee I wouldn't have sent him off. I suppose it's the interpretation of the law nowadays and how referees take it on board.
"A lot of it is 'are they endangering another player?' and you could argue that both of the incidents - the ones with me and Nani - were that.
"But I don't think in either of them they meant to do it. Nani has not meant to hurt the Real Madrid player and, likewise, I don't think Crouchy meant to hurt me.
"It's a difficult one. I wouldn't want to be a referee, put it that way."