UEFA charge Gianluigi Buffon over Michael Oliver outburst

Ruben Hill
May 11, 2018

The Italian worldwide embarked on a furious tirade against English referee Michael Oliver at the end of last month's Champions League quarter final between his side and Real Madrid, having just seen Juve concede a last-minute penalty.

"The team gave its all, but a human being can not destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation".

But Juve's hopes were dashed when Real's Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty deep into stoppage time after Lucas Vazquez went down when challenged from behind by Medhi Benatia.

The veteran stopper was sent off in the second leg of the contest during an incident that saw Los Blancos win a late penalty, which they scored to progress 4-3 on aggregate.

Buffon retired from worldwide football after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup, but reports in Italy have said he may consider a return.

Buffon, 40, criticised Oliver after the match, saying the referee had been out of his depth, should have been in the stands eating crisps and must have had a garbage bin for a heart.

The European governing body said the case will be dealt with on May, 31, at which point Buffon would have played his last professional game.

Juventus were crowned champions in Serie A for the seventh consecutive time after defeating Bologna by 3-1 at the weekend.

"The ref is a job where you have to decide in less than a second and you can't think about many things", Busacca told Premium Sport over a decision many Bianconeri fans thought was wrong but most neutrals deemed correct.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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