Sir Alex Ferguson "concerned" by appointment of referee Cunety Cakir

Manchester United's Nani is shown a red card during the second half against Real Madrid on March 5, 2013
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Sir Alex Ferguson admits that he had a "big worry" about referee Cuneyt Cakir prior to Manchester United's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he had 'concerns' over the appointment of Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir ahead of their Champions League clash against Real Madrid.

The match official, who has now sent off seven players from English teams, made headlines for controversially giving United winger Nani his marching orders for a high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa during the Red Devils' 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

"I was concerned," Ferguson said in a press conference. "I said that to my staff. I had a big worry about it but it is gone now. There is nothing we can do about it."

Cakir has since been the subject of hate pages on social network website Facebook.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during his side's match against Norwich on March 2, 2013
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