Buffon Breaks Silence On Referee Rant
Gianluigi Buffon Breaks Silence On Referee Rant
Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon, who was sent off in his side's clash with Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League last week, has opened up about his controversial comments he made regarding referee Michael Oliver.
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In the second leg of Real and Juve's quarter-final tie last Wednesday, the Italian was sent off after protesting a last-minute penalty that was awarded to the Spanish giants, resulting in Cristiano Ronaldo effectively knocking the Bianconeri out of the competition.
After the match, Buffon harshly criticised the referee for what many believe was a clear penalty, but he has since taken a difference stance on the matter, although he still feels Oliver should not have awarded the spot-kick.
"I'm not saying it wasn't a penalty, I'm just saying that it was doubtful," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Twenty seconds from the end of the match, an experienced referee who had already been in such high-profile matches would, in my opinion, have made another decision.
"This isn't a situation where you can say it's a definite penalty.
"He's a boy who will have a great career, he's just had some bad luck here.
"I think a young referee was sent to officiate an important match, although he's already well established and has shown his courage.
"Unfortunately, the boy was put in a situation that was too complex, too tangled and too big."
This is the second year in a row that Juve have suffered against Real, who beat them in the final of the UCL last season.
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