Апреля 24, 2018

Buffon slams heartless Michael Oliver for the last minute debacle

15 Апреля 2018, 08:08 | Joan Schultz

GETTY Gianluigi Buffon lost his cool at the end of Juventus tie with Real Madrid

   Gianluigi Buffon lost his cool at the end of Juventus tie with Real Madrid

"Our victory combined with that of Roma [who beat Barcelona 3-0 the night before to wipe out a 4-1 first leg aggregate result] would've been just incredible".

With the second-leg tie going into extra time and Juventus still with a huge chance of overturning a 3-0 first leg deficit to qualify, Oliver pointed to the spot after a Medhi Benatia barged into Lucas Vazquez in the Juventus 18-yard-box.

Ronaldo later praised Buffon as one of football's greats, and added that he hopes the Bianconeri's dramatic Champions League exit was not the Italian's last Champions League appearance.

The draw for the last four will take place on Friday.

"If you do not have personality and courage, you should go to the stands to watch the match with your wife and with a Sprite". When I don't feel I'm good enough, I put myself in a corner.

"I don't understand why they are protesting", he said in quotes published by Marca.

Oliver's decision allowed Los Blancos talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to power home a penalty to rescue his side, seeing them progress to the semi-final, where they will face Bayern Munich.

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Buffon conceded that it may have been a penalty - with pundits split on whether Oliver made the right call. You have to know a 40-year-old Buffon may be playing his final game.

"For him to give a penalty and send me off I think he must be a beast he can't be human". "When you come to the Bernabeu to play in the quarter-finals you need the players, coaches, fans and referees to be at this level".

"If on one occasion he said the things he did, in a situation as tough as Wednesday night's, that is understandable and I challenge anyone to react differently".

After the penalty was awarded, Juventus centre back was incensed and insinuated that Madrid paid the referee by waving imaginary money towards the Real players. It's a pity it ended like this, unjustly.

"What left some people incredulous was that Buffon does seem to lay his hands on the referee, and we have seen players sent off for that in the past, but we've also seen players do a lot worse and not be sent off".

In a statement to ESPN FC, a Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) spokesperson said: "We are supporting Michael and Lucy Oliver and condemn the abuse Lucy has received on social media".

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