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Juventus star reveals reason behind anger for penalty decision against Real Madrid

15 April 2018, 06:06 | Charlene Valdez

Referee Michael Oliver gave Real Madrid a late penalty which saw them edge past Juventus

Referee Michael Oliver gave Real Madrid a late penalty which saw them edge past Juventus

Juventus nearly knocked Real Madrid out of the Champions League quarter-finals after scoring three times at the Santiago Bernabeu to level the aggregate scores following their 3-0 loss to the Spanish in the first-leg of the competition.

But there was late drama with referee Michael Oliver awarding Madrid a penalty for Mehdi Benatia's foul on Lucas Vazquez.

Former Juve captain Del Piero has since been criticised by fans of the Serie A champions and the 43-year-old used Twitter to hit back.

Buffon said his words were of "a man who won't hide behind a veil of hypocrisy and instead throws out what is bubbling in his guts". "I could nut somebody - who knows".

Buffon broke his silence Sunday, however, the veteran was unremorseful for his scathing criticism of Oliver at the Santiago Bernabeu. "But the content remains and I stand by all of it", Buffon told Italian television programme "Le Iene".

Juve players furiously protested the decision, with goalkeeper Buffon receiving a red card, and the 40-year-old pulled no punches in his assessment of the official.

Buffon went on to claim that Oliver was "too young" to officiate a Champions League semi-final.


Mario Mandzukic's two first-half headers and Blaise Matuidi's 61st-minute effort had helped the Italian side take a 3-0 lead at the Bernabeu, pulling them level on aggregate with half an hour left.

'Before being a Juventino, I am an Italian, and I really cared about Italian football doing well. I felt defrauded of a night that can never be repeated'.

Having recorded a 3-0 win over the Italian side over a week ago in Turin, Madrid were favourites to go through the easily, but met a hard Juventus side in the second leg. I got emotional. It was just priceless.

"If you can't handle the pressure and have the courage to make a decision, then you should just sit in the stands and eat your crisps".

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

But ex-ref Graham Poll said Oliver's decisions were "very strong" and "correct".



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