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MANCHESTER UNITED FAN CALLS POLICE TO REPORT RED CARD 'CRIME'
SportingPreview.com: 6 March 2013

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A Manchester United fan was so disgusted with the referee's decision to send-off Nani in last night's Champions League clash that he rang 999 to report the incident to Nottinghamshire Police.

The 18-year-old supporter was watching the second-leg tie against Real Madrid from his home in a village near Bingham, when he felt that Nani's controversial sending-off for a high challenge was a crime, so subsequently called police.

The man later apologised for his actions, claiming to have been caught up in the excitement.

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Notts Police Control Room Chief Inspector Ted Antill said:

"While this recent example may be amusing, it illustrates the sort of insincere calls we have to deal with on a daily basis in the Control Room.

"They waste our time and they direct us away from genuine victims of crime, particularly if we dispatch officers out to something that turns out to be a bogus report.

"I would ask people to think before picking up the phone for emergency services. I would also advise parents to ensure your children are aware that prank calls and the reporting of made-up crimes is a crime in itself.

"There may be people out there in real trouble who need our help and they have to wait because we are tied up with calls like this one, reporting a referee from the television.

"It's no joke. In this case, the man realised his bad judgement and apologised and we decided not to pursue it further. But we can and we do prosecute people for wasting police time and making false reports."

Ted Antill was quoted in Capital FM.


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