Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Buffon: "The referee has a rubbish bin where his heart should be"


The verbal outburst would probably have been lost in the moment, but laying hands on an official is taboo and required him to be shown a straight red card. It was an astonishing comeback and Buffon's hopes of a first Champions League title were still alive.

Then Vasquez went down under the challenge of Mehdi Benatia and Oliver pointed to the spot - leading to raging protests from the Juve players, including Buffon.

Michael Oliver is not scared of drama or controversial decisions but in November 2014 he took a completely different route choosing to keep his cards in his pocket.

Real Madrid then went on to enjoy large spells of possession, which led to Isco pinching the ball in the back of the net from close range; but the goal was disallowed due to him being marginally offside.

Cristiano Ronaldo had another opinion about the penalty; he said that there was no doubt that Oliver took the right decision.

As with Zidane, though, the ignominy of Buffon's exit could become a part of the legend.

Buffon is 40 now, though, and will nearly certainly go without a Champions League.

Madrid were fortunate to survive after falling 3-0 behind at the Santiago Bernabeu midweek, having won 3-0 in Turin last week.

"Given what happened in the first leg, a 40-year-old Buffon may be playing his final game".

The home side continued to struggle on offense and when they did breach the Bianconeri wall, Buffon was always there to dispel the danger, making an outstanding stop against Ronaldo.

After the game, Buffon said of Oliver: "Clearly you can not have a heart in your chest, but a bag of rubbish".

According to the legendary goalkeeper, Oliver was "a beast", "had a trash can for a heart", and, perhaps most damning of all, "should have been in the stands, eating chips and drinking Sprite, or Coca-cola or orange juice", whatever that bit means.

"When I don't feel that I'm good enough, I put myself in a corner". He should do the same. It's a matter of sensibility.

"We started the game saying to each other that we had 0.000001 percent chance of qualifying but you never know in life, especially because we have a team with players with unbelievable characters who are capable of everything", he said.

"And a dubious incident at the 93rd minute when we had a clear penalty denied [for a challenge on Juan Cuadrado] in the first leg, you can not award that at this point".

"It was a 10th of a penalty. a human being can not destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation", he told Mediaset Premium.

Zidane added: "It wasn't a odd game, but we didn't expect to concede in the first minute".

Of course, it was a bitter blow for Juve and their reaction, while over-the-top in its intensity, was understandable. We need to get over this hard moment and move forwards.

"We had done something which seemed impossible", he said. We were just seconds from the end.

"The penalty? You can give and not give, personally I would have avoided it ten seconds from the end", said former Juve and Italy great Andrea Pirlo.

But he made the biggest decision of his professional life correctly, can be proud of his bravery, and he will no doubt make a few more in what promises to be a long and rewarding career.

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