Del Piero questions Buffon criticism of referee Oliver

17 April, 2018, 20:24 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Juventus Gianluigi Buffon and team mates remonstrate with referee Michael Oliver after he awarded a penalty to Real Madrid REUTERS  Paul Hanna

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

"We can go into the merits of the decision or not, but I think Buffon overstepped the line in my opinion in what he said about Oliver last night".

The referee is not registered in social networks so fans are posting messages with threats, including deadly ones, on the Twitter page of Oliver's wife Lucy, who is a qualified Women's Super League referee.

Gianluigi Buffon raged late into the night after a wild match in Madrid as the Juventus legend was sent off in what was probably the final Champions League match of an extraordinary career. If you have the cynicism to give a penalty in the 93rd minute you are not a man, you are an animal.

Real had led 3-0 after the first leg, but saw their advantage wiped out at the Bernabeu through two Mario Mandzukic headers and Blaise Matuidi's opportunistic strike after Keylor Navas' error.

Juventus overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit with three goals in 61 minutes and the tie was heading towards extra-time when referee Michael Oliver awarded Real Madrid a controversial penalty.

"Bayern Munich had the exact same thing previous year [against Real Madrid]".

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Buffon later told the media that the English official had a "bag of rubbish for a heart" and the 40-year-old defended his actions on Italian television on Saturday.

'Even if I was excessive, I said what I thought, that he should not have given that penalty. 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.

Buffon added: 'A referee with more experience would not have blown his whistle and decided not to become the protagonist of the match. "I found it hard to understand, honestly", Del Piero said on Sky Sports.

"I'm sure Oliver will have a great career in future, but he's too young to officiate a match like that". Let the pitch do the talking. "In football, nothing is given away, you have to fight until the end. It means you don't know where you are, what teams you face, what football is: you don't really know shit".

"It was certainly a dubious incident".

They wrote: 'You do not give a penalty like that, when the challenge decides an important qualification.

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