The 18-year-old Manchester United supporter, who has not been named, called police at about 21:20 GMT during United’s second leg clash against the Spanish giants. He was incensed by the referee’s decision to show Nani the red card for a high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa. He later apologised for the call, saying he was caught up in the moment. Police will not take any action.
Ch Insp 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 .”
He warned that prank 999 calls were a crime and said people had been prosecuted in the past.
The game turned after the dismissal of Portuguese winger Nani – whose real name is Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha – with Real Madrid scoring two quick goals to win the match 2-1, knocking United out of the competition 3-2 on aggregate.
Was Nani’s red card worth reporting to the cops? Should the authorities prosecute that football fan for making a prank call?
Source: BBC News
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