Fan dialled 999 in a fury at Nani red card
A TEENAGER dialled 999 to report the controversial red card in Manchester United's clash with Real Madrid to Notts Police.
The 18-year-old, of Bingham, was watching his team's Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday evening.
Manchester team were leading 1-0 on the night – 2-1 on aggregate – when midfielder Nani was red-carded for what the Turkish referee deemed to be a dangerous high challenge.
Many experts have judged the sending off to be overly harsh.
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Real Madrid went on to win 2-1 on the night, knocking United out of the competition.
The Bingham man was so infuriated he reported the incident to police at around 9.20pm – while the game was still in progress.
He later apologised for his actions, claiming to have been caught up in the excitement.
There were 6,933 recorded hoax calls to Notts Police in 2012 – around two per cent of all reported incidents.
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.
"They waste our time and they direct us away from genuine victims of crime, particularly if we dispatch officers to something that turns out to be a bogus report.
"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."