Buffon blasts ref over ‘sh*t’ decision and ‘rubbish bin heart’

Matt Stead

Gianluigi Buffon laid into referee Michael Oliver after his and Juventus’ Champions League dreams went up in smoke.

Juventus were on the brink of a spectacular comeback in the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, having dismantled Real’s 3-0 first-leg lead to level on aggregate.

The game was headed to extra-time before Medhi Benatia felled Lucas Vazquez in the penalty area, with Oliver pointing to the spot.

Buffon was dismissed during the protestations, and Cristiano Ronaldo dispatched the penalty past substitute Wojciech Szczesny to send Real through 4-3 on aggregate.

Buffon wasted little time in making his feelings known after the match.

“To award such a doubtful, or super doubtful, penalty just ahead of the final whistle and destroy the work of a team who gave absolutely everything you have to have a rubbish bin instead of your heart,” Buffon told Italian TV.

“A human being cannot decide the elimination of a team with such decision. When I don’t feel I’m good enough, I put myself in a corner. He should do the same.

“It’s a matter of sensibility. It means you don’t know where you are, which teams are playing, you don’t know sh*t.

“You need to be prepared for a game like this. You have to watch the first leg and see that a similar foul was not punished with a penalty for Juventus in Turin. And especially you need personality to referee a game like this. If you don’t have personality, you better watch the game from the stands with your wife and your kids while eating fries.

“What did I say to him while I was protesting? I could say everything in that moment because when you take such decision in a certain moment of the game it means you don’t know what sport is.

“We had done something which seemed impossible. It’s a pity it ended like this, unjustly. It was one tenth of a penalty. But life goes on.”