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Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

I´m not against Buffon or Juventus - Del Piero responds to criticism

I´m not against Buffon or Juventus - Del Piero responds to criticism

Oliver awarded Real a decisive 93rd-minute penalty in Wednesday's quarter-final and was subsequently criticised by the Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, whom he sent off, and parts of the Italian media.

"I had to let that out, even if it damaged my reputation", Buffon said.

"When Gigi spoke about the referee I couldn't understand him, honestly", the former Italy global said on Sky Sport Italia.

Following the match, Buffon voiced his displeasure at the official, making reference to the first leg of the tie before suggesting that the referee should have been more sensitive in the context of the match. Let the pitch do the talking.

"I understand it's a frustrating situation but I think he will think about what he said and possibly say different words in a few days". I felt defrauded of a night that can never be repeated'.

Juve had battled back from the 3-0 first leg loss to be level at 3-3 and heading for extra time when Benatia made the error that handed Ronaldo the chance from 12 yards out, and he needed no second invitation blasting the ball into the top corner. 'I know the referee saw, it was certainly a dubious incident.

Spain global Martinez finished with a bruised knee, while James Rodriguez picked up a thigh injury in a bruising encounter."You can't always play brilliantly and put the opponent to the wall, sometimes you have to just keep them scoreless", Heynckes said."They hit the bar, which didn't let us rest, but we didn't get nervous".

However, as Allegri spoke to the media during Juve's latest press conference, he was quick to give his support to Buffon, saying "I challenge anyone not to react in that situation".

The Italy goalkeeper later called Oliver's character into question, describing him as having a "trash can" for a heart, but Pirlo defended his former team-mate's emotional response in what is likely to be the 40-year-old's final Champions League game.

'You have to be a murderer to make the last two decisions the referee made, ' Buffon added later, on a Spanish radio station.

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