Juventus’ goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (left) enters into arguement with the referee at the time of the Champions League quarter-final second leg match opposite to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Madrid: The Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon censured the English referee Michael Oliver, stating that he has a “rubbish bin” where his heart should be and blaming him of criticizing the Italians to Champions League termination after giving Real Madrid a punishment in the third minute of added time that Cristiano Ronaldo scored to send them through to the semi-finals. Oliver gave the penance for a foul on Lucas Vazquez in the shutting stages of a dramatic quarter-final that Madrid won 4-3 on aggregate. He sent off Buffon for protesting, his last European game ending with him quitting to cheer from the home fans.
“You need to be prepared for a game like this. You have to watch the first leg and see that a similar foul was not punished with a penalty for Juventus in Turin.” Share on facebookTweet this “To award such a doubtful, or super doubtful, penalty just ahead of the final whistle and destroy the work of a team who gave absolutely everything you have to have a rubbish bin instead of your heart,” Buffon stated. He also said, “A human being cannot decide the elimination of a team with such decision. When I don’t feel I’m good enough, I put myself in a corner. He should do the same. It’s a matter of sensibility. It means you don’t know where you are, which teams are playing.”
The goalkeeper mentioned, “You need to be ready for a game like this. You have to watch the first leg and see that a similar foul was not punished with a penalty for Juventus in Turin. And specially you need personality to referee a game like this. If you do not have personality, you better watch the game from the stands with your wife and your kids while eating fries. What did I say to him while I was protesting? I could say everything in that moment because when you take such decision in a certain moment of the game it means you don’t know what sport is.”
He also added, “We had done something which seemed impossible. It’s a pity it ended like this, unjustly. It was one tenth of a penalty. But life goes on.” The Juventus manager, Max Allegri, defended Buffon, stating that his reaction was “understandable” and also agreed that he had swapped words with the suspended Sergio Ramos as they crossed paths in the mouth of the tunnel where the Real defender had watched the second half.
Allegri said, “It was a moment of confusion.” He also stated, “Gigi had that reaction but that’s understandable. I don’t know if that has been his last game, there were three seconds left and the result would have been historic, super important, and he had a human reaction.“The referee got out the red card and sent him off. As for the penalty, the referee said it was and he whistled it and there’s nothing else we can say but we’re left with a bitter taste.”
Allegri admitted that he left from there being hurt, angry and convinced Juventus had at least merited to take a dramatic quarter-final into extra time but stated “crying is useless now”. As he left he passed Ramos in the tunnel “he told me it was a clear penalty”, Allegri disclosed. “I said: ‘Clear? Grey, at least.’”— Guardian News & Media Ltd
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