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6 March 2013, 17:29
An 18 year old Man U fan has said sorry after phoning the police when Nani got sent off in the Champions League game against Real Madrid
The teenage supporter was so disgusted by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir's decision to send off the United star that he contacted emergency operators to claim a ``crime'' had occurred.
The fan, who has not been named, was watching the game in his home in a village near Bingham, Nottinghamshire.
Chief Inspector Ted Antill, of Nottinghamshire Police, 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.
The officer added:
"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.
"In this case, the man realised his bad judgment and apologised and we decided not to pursue it further.''