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Furious Buffon Slams Ref For Late Penalty Call

Furious Gianluigi Buffon Slams Referee For Late Penalty Call

By David Kappel - Apr 12, 2018 07:29 AM @kappilinho

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon slammed match official Michael Oliver for his controversial penalty call before Cristiano Ronaldo's converted spot-kick sent Real Madrid into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see images of the controversial foul and Ronaldo's penalty.

The Serie A leaders put on a heroic performance and were on the brink of extra-time after two goals by Mario Mandzukic and another by Blaise Matuidi equalled Los Blancos' 3-0 win in Italy.

However, a penalty was awarded when Mehdi Benatia fouled Lucas Vazquez inside the box in the 93rd minute, and Ronaldo converted the spot-kick to send his side into their eighth successive Champions League semi-final.

"It was a 10th of a penalty," Buffon, who was sent off by Oliver for his protestations, told Mediaset Premium, as cited by Football Italia.

"I know the referee saw, it was certainly a dubious incident. And a dubious incident at the 93rd minute when we had a clear penalty denied in the first leg, you cannot award that at this point.

"The team gave its all, but a human being cannot destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation.

"Clearly you cannot have a heart in your chest, but a garbage bin. On top of that, if you don't have the character to walk on a pitch like this in a stadium like this, you can sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, drinking your Sprite and eating crisps.

"You cannot ruin the dreams of a team."

Despite being visibly upset, Buffon congratulated Real on going through before expressing how proud he is of his teammates.

"Real Madrid deserved to go through over the two legs, I wish them the best and it has always been an honour for me to face this club, but objectively we at least deserved to go to extra time tonight," he added.

"We started out knowing full well we had 0.0000005% chance of doing it. But I am so truly proud to be part of a team that would play like this, work so hard and give everything. I am proud to be with this group of men.

"Naturally, there is regret and, well, anger."

Read: Seven UCL Records Held By Ronaldo

Real joined Bayern Munich, Liverpool and AS Roma in the Champions League semi-final, with the draw therefor taking place on Friday.

Do you think it was the right decision to award the penalty? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Munangwangwa Joined: 25 Nov 2017
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Munangwangwa Apr 12, 2018 08:38 PM
Extra time or not.. real Madrid were always going to win this one.. my view though
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kgosi0520 Joined: 29 Oct 2016
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kgosi0520 Apr 12, 2018 05:04 PM
it was a clear penalty an i still think real wud have won the game in extra time
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Sir-Malaya Joined: 20 Nov 2016
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Sir-Malaya Apr 12, 2018 02:51 PM
That was a clear and blatant penalty,shame Buffon I respected him so much..
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DopeZN Joined: 22 Jan 2014
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DopeZN Apr 12, 2018 02:37 PM
@Requelme wa le bhakaniya you also need to by Explora so you can rewind n pause n slow things down so you see clearly. Alessandro Del Piero is a Juve Icon who just happen to agree with the refs decision. Your opinion really don't matter after Del Piero has spoken. Oliver did a wonderful job and he made all the correct decisions.
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DopeZN Apr 12, 2018 02:34 PM
@Faysal buy yourself a DSTV Explora n you won't post things like this again. Rewind proved it was a penalty. The match is on repeat on SS3, check it out.
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Mashia1950 Joined: 29 Aug 2017
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Mashia1950 Apr 12, 2018 12:50 PM
It's sad for football, I feel his pain he feels betrayed.
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Apr 12, 2018 12:23 PM
There was no penalty
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mtozami Joined: 18 Jan 2012
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mtozami Apr 12, 2018 11:13 AM
Come on good people that was a clear penalty. No debate
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Requelme wa le bhakaniya Apr 12, 2018 10:44 AM
MADRIDIOTS always get special treatment in CL i was not suprised by this stupid OLIVER's decision ,had it be juve in a goal scoring opportunity am telling you that punk was not gonna give it, thank you FIFA for not picking up this idiot for world cup ,
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hlaxduze Apr 12, 2018 09:23 AM
Off all the other three remaining teams, they are underdogs against Real Madrid.
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hlaxduze Joined: 15 Sep 2011
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hlaxduze Apr 12, 2018 09:21 AM
CR7 is the Great Off All Time. He is the King of decisive moments. A certain player whom I won't mention would have missed that penalty because he can't cope under pressure.#Halala Madrid siyanibongela bafana
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hlaxduze Joined: 15 Sep 2011
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hlaxduze Apr 12, 2018 09:17 AM
That was a clear penalty. Lucas Vasques had space to score there but was pushed down by a defender from behind. Let Barca fans cry a river but deep inside they know it was a penalty.
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kgosi0520 Apr 12, 2018 09:12 AM
time doesn't matter here cos that was a foul an any foul in the box is a penalty an i don't get buffon when he says you cant give that at that period
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Warras4phefeni Apr 12, 2018 08:52 AM
That was dubious penalty I agree with you Buffon that stupid referee should have not blown his whistle for a spot kick even during the he was ever cushioning CR7 he really was afraid of CR7 for the why.....??? mfx
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Ntsimbi08 Apr 12, 2018 08:40 AM
No wonder we dont have English ref in the world cup
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KhothaKhosi Apr 12, 2018 08:39 AM
Juve reminded Madrid and Europe that they are no fluke champions of Italy. What a game?! But that was a penalty indeed. Had the defender not take Lucas out from behind, he would have scored anyway. Great game all round. Serious lesson to those winning the first leg and assume all is over. Barca, still hurting.
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@gunners Apr 12, 2018 08:29 AM
But it was a penalty Mr Buffon try next time madala if your hands can
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Pep G junior Apr 12, 2018 08:00 AM
Referees r ruining football. Same think with Man city
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Mpho wa Cosmos Apr 12, 2018 07:58 AM
@wash & wear “I really don’t understand why they were protesting, but football is like that,” he said. “If they didn’t make the foul, Lucas would score the goal. We’re happy to be in the semi-finals.” Meanwhile, the striker was cool over his long wait before striking the decisive blow to the Italians’ hopes. “I had to reassure myself. I was decisive and thank God I scored,” he said. Despite Madrid’s progress, it was a chastening experience, as the Ballon d’Or winner admitted. “It’s a lesson for us,” he concluded.
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wash & wear Apr 12, 2018 07:55 AM
go n rest madala go drink coca cola with ur wife n kids#cinisa xibelaneeeeee

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