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Buffon: Ref Oliver Has No Heart In His Chest

Buffon: Ref Oliver Has No Heart In His Chest

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon has laid into English referee Michael Oliver in the wake of his side’s controversial exit from UEFA Champions League in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a controversial penalty award in added time of the game to send Real Madrid through to the semi-finals with a 4-3 aggregate after a brace from Mario Mandzukic and a strike from Blaise Matuidi gave Juventus a 3-0 lead in Madrid to level the tie at 3-3.
Buffon who missed out on another attempt to win the UEFA Champions League also accused Oliver of having ‘no heart in his chest’ for awarding that late penalty for Mehdi Benatia’s challenge on Lucas Vazquez in the penalty box.
“It was a tenth of a penalty,” Buffon, who was sent off for his wild protest, told Mediaset. 
“It was certainly a dubious incident. 
“And a dubious incident at the 93rd minute when we had a clear penalty denied [for a challenge on Juan Cuadrado] in the first leg, you cannot award that at this point.
“The team gave their all, but a human being cannot destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation.
“Clearly you cannot have a heart in your chest, but a bin. On top of that, if you don’t have the character to walk on a pitch like this in a stadium like this, you can sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, drinking your Sprite and eating crisps. You cannot ruin the dreams of a team.”
Buffon added he was proud of his team for their fight despite trailing 3-0 from the first leg.
“Real Madrid deserved to go through over the two legs,” the 40-year-old Italy legend added. 
“I wish them the best and it has always been an honour for me to face this club, but objectively we at least deserved to go to extra time.
“We started out knowing full well we had 0.0000005 per cent chance of doing it. But I am so truly proud to be part of a team that would play like this, work so hard and give everything. I am proud to be with this group of men. Naturally, there is regret and, well, anger.”
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  • Murphy 3 years ago

    I would have like to see extra time in that match..last minute penalty and C.Ronaldo arrogantly slut it home!!!

  • Adamu Usman 3 years ago

    That’s football for you, The
    game should serve as a lesson to team in the world, nothing is
    handed to you in football, you have to fight until
    the end,the penalty decided by referee Michael Oliver was very OK to my observation, it was so clear cox Lucas was pushed from behind by juvi player.

  • Lucky Ukhun 3 years ago

    Juventus lost the game in the first leg. They should have at least tried to score a goal in that first leg. Juventus’ desperate late rally to overcome the heavy first leg deficit without conceeding a goal in the second leg, was a little too late. I know anything can happen in the game of soccer, but not in this case.

  • Abdulrazak 3 years ago

    Football is an emotional game and refereeing is subjective and contextual. It requires reading the game and situation. In such a high octane match, Micheal Oliver should never have awarded a penalty for such a dubious offence.  He let the intimidating atmosphere get to him.

  • FIFA did not invite any England referee to the WC. This is because they are giving cards unnecessarily to star players who the fan have paid dearly to come watch. Giving red card to a player like Buffon who is even the captain of the club and a star for mere protesting indicates that the ref is heartless and unreasonable. A ref from another country will not do it. Players protest everywhere but even if there is a law against it, the captains are given special concession. So Buffon is rightly annoyed. It was a crucial match which at that point should be allowed to roll into extra time considering the fact that Juventus worked so extra hard to clear a 3 goal deficit. Again a ref from another country will not give a penalty. These English refs are spoiling the fun for the fans. I am beginning to see the wisdom behind FIFA’s decision not to invite any yeye English referee. Not even one.