Gigi Buffon sent off

The 40-year-old was left incandescent by English referee Michael Oliver's decision to award Real the stoppage-time penalty after Lucas Vazquez had tumbled under the challenge of Medhi Benatia with extra time just 30 seconds away.

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon has refused to backtrack from his comments about referee Michael Oliver, after his side were sent out of the Champions League following an injury-time penalty to Real Madrid.

Buffon said that sometimes in order to defend your team, you have to let out what you feel, even if it damages your reputation.

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

"If you do not have personality and courage, you should go to the stands to watch the match with your wife and a Sprite".

It was another blow for the charismatic 2006 World Cup victor who was reduced to tears after Italy dramatically failed to qualify for the global showpiece in November's playoffs.


And yesterday night, the stage was once again set to showcase a behemoth fixture, as Real Madrid took on Juventus at the Bernabeu to secure a spot in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.

"I know the referee saw what he saw, but it was certainly a dubious incident".

"I can promise you, I did not push him", said Benatia. The Champions League forgives no-one.

"The referee tonight was in total chaos.

From someone who is very statesman-like usually, very rational after games, and usually finds the right words, and I thought it was very out of character from Buffon in many respects".

Buffon's dismissal generated a storm back home with Turin daily La Stampa lamenting "the beauty of football, and its cruelty".


However, like Buffon, the 48-year-old faced mounting criticism to hang up his gloves towards the end of his career, ultimately doing so when he was 38.

"Draw? We must be prepared for whoever we get and face them with the best possible motivation".

"The rage and the pride", headlined Gazzetta dello Sport of "a night of regrets".

"Yes!" the winger told BeIN Sports. Buffon's career is not rated on this red card or because he did not win the Champions League.

"I don't have to make up for anything, because I am a human being who puts passion, sentiment and anger into what I do", Buffon told the Le Iene television programme via Football Italia.


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