‘I am Gigi Buffon’: Keeper stands by Oliver outburst


Gianluigi Buffon has disappointingly refused to apologise for his criticism of referee Michael Oliver.

Buffon hit the headlines in the week when he was sent off in the dying minutes of Juventus’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid.

The Italians were winning 3-0 on the evening – thereby levelling the tie on aggregate – when Oliver awarded a penalty in stoppage time.

The decision was just, with Medhi Benatia having pushed Lucas Vazquez in the back.

But Juventus protested, with Buffon sent off after confronting Oliver.

Real scored the subsequent penalty, and Oliver and his wife Lucy were subjected to threats in the aftermath.

Buffon, given the opportunity to stop the situation developing further, simply chose to reiterate his comments.

“The content remains and I stand by all of it,” the keeper told Italian TV.

“I’d say them all again – maybe with a different type of language.”

The 40-year-old Italy international added: “You find a way to speak, right or wrong, that at times can seem excessive – but this is me, I am Gigi Buffon.

“I’m sure Oliver will have a great career in future, but he’s too young to officiate a match like that.

“A referee with more experience would not have blown his whistle and decided not to become the protagonist of the match.

“He would have left it running, turned around and let the two teams fight it out in extra time. Let the pitch do the talking.”

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