Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Buffon: 'I had to protect Juventus. Referee Oliver?...'

Buffon: 'I had to protect Juventus. Referee Oliver?...'

Buffon's outburst, in what now looks to have been his last Champions League match, has drawn inevitable comparisons with Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid manager who ended his own global career in similarly apocalyptic fashion with a headbutt and a red card against Buffon's Italy in the 2006 World Cup final.

Talking to The Dependent, the veteran goalkeeper said he regrets leaving Santiago Bernabeu after the quarterfinal defeat against Real Madrid, which could be his last ever match in Europe's premier club competition, without head butting the referee Michael Oliver.

Oliver awarded a stoppage time penalty for Madrid in Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg, and then sent off goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, before Cristiano Ronaldo converted the spot-kick to send the La Liga side through to the semi-finals.

"I don't have to make up for anything, because I am a human being who puts passion, sentiment and anger into what I do", Buffon told the Le Iene television programme via Football Italia.

"You can not ruin the dreams of a team". I could've told the referee anything at that moment, but he had to understand the degree of the disaster he was creating.

If you can't handle the pressure and have the courage to make a decision, then you should just sit in the stands and eat your crisps.

The 2006 World Cup victor called time on his decorated career in November following a stint with Major League Soccer side New York City. For so long the Champions League has been the elusive trophy, the trophy he has needed to complete the set and sign off on an enviably illustrious career.

Not about the penalty because that's down to interpretation, for me it is and the referee gave it, but the stuff about the robbery.

Horncastle took a hard stance on the comments which he deemed unacceptable, though did note that he could see where Buffon's frustrations arose from given the gravitas of the decision for both the team and individual player.

"There's no use crying about it".

"The referee did not understand anything, and tonight the least happy person of all should be him", said Agnelli.

Juventus was 30 seconds away from forcing extra time when the unthinkable happened.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the penalty call that paved the way for Juve's elimination was "very dubious".

Juventus legends Alessandro Del Piero and Andrea Pirlo have refused to get behind GIanluigi Buffon's scathing criticism of referee Michael Oliver on Wednesday night.

'Even if I was excessive, I said what I thought, that he should not have given that penalty. The Italian stopper also claimed that because Juventus had fought back to 3-3 from being 3-0 down in the first leg, and had made it to the final minute of the game, the referee shouldn't have pointed to the spot as the decision was cruel on Buffon's side.

Serie A leaders Juve welcome ninth-placed Sampdoria to Turin Sunday. Life goes on and Buffon's career goes on. When you play a game like that and then lose 10 seconds from the end it makes you insane.

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