Buffon slams referee for 'not showing character'

Tyler Owen
April 13, 2018

But Mehdi Benatia knocked down Lucas Vasquez before the latter could head home a stoppage time victor, and Cristiano Ronaldo converted the penalty awarded by Michael Oliver.

Despite scoring nine goals against one of the best goal keepers in football history, Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has a lot of respect for the veteran goalkeeper.

But with extra time seconds away, Oliver pointed to the spot when Medhi Benatia's push on Lucas Vazquez was adjudged to be a foul and sent off Buffon for his reaction amid Juve's angry protests.

"I know the referee saw what he saw, but it was certainly a dubious incident". I did everything to try not to touch him.

"I feel bad for the lads, who did well in Turin for 60 minutes and didn't score the goals they did tonight".

Buffon, enraged by the decision, was sent off for manhandling and screaming at the ref.

"I won't accept that a referee is in charge of a game like this with two such high-profile teams and doesn't have the character, courage or ability to make calm decisions. You can't destroy dreams like that".

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"Clearly you can not have a heart in your chest, but a bin".

And Buffon, who has avoided discussion of his plans beyond this season, may have played in his last game in European competition.

"I don't understand why they protested the penalty", he said.

Bayern, playing in their seventh straight Champions League quarter-final, never needed to hit top form against Sevilla but were in control throughout with the largely toothless Spaniards only rarely venturing into their opponents' box. "We have to be stronger than these things and let them fortify us".

"It disappointed me to leave the boys with 10 men, but I said objectively Real Madrid deserved the victory, we shake their hands and move on", he added.

In a game that seemed to be heading for a fairly tale, it turned into a nightmare, and you could have forgiven the Italian for ignoring any Real player after the game.

According to a report in Goal, Juve's frustrations came to a head in the tunnel following the match with "members of the team confronting the match officials and members of the Spanish side".

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