Manchester United Fan Calls Police To Demand Justice Over Controversial Call

Thursday March 7th, 2013


The British tabloids were aflare in the wake of Manchester United's controversial loss to Real Madrid on Tuesday in the Champions League. Sir Alex Ferguson, manager for the soon-to-be English champions, was so enraged he refused to meet with the press.

But they had nothing on the 18-year-old from Nottinghamshire who called the cops.

The teenage fan dialed 999, the official emergency telephone number in the United Kingdom, minutes after referee issued Nani a red card in the second half of Tuesday's match at Old Trafford. He'd felt a crime had been committed -- and he demanded justice.

"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," control room chief inspector Ted Antill said in a statement issued by Nottingham Police. "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 fan, whose name was not released, later apologized for getting caught up in the moment.

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