Gianluigi Buffon 'stands by' Michael Oliver comments

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   Gianluigi Buffon lost his cool at the end of Juventus tie with Real Madrid

GETTY Gianluigi Buffon lost his cool at the end of Juventus tie with Real Madrid

Del Piero told Sky Italia: "When [Buffon] spoke about the referee, I struggled to understand him".

"But those who insinuated - maybe by only reporting part of what I said - that I am going against Gigi, in bad faith or even happy that Juve were eliminated, is hurting me".

Italy and Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, was sent off in what might be his last Champions League appearance as his side nearly completed a comeback victory against Real Madrid, but failed.

"If you have the cynicism to award a penalty like that in the 93rd minute, you are not a man, you are an animal", the 40-year-old finished.

Real had led 3-0 after the first leg, but saw their advantage wiped out at the Bernabeu through two Mario Mandzukic headers and Blaise Matuidi's opportunistic strike after Keylor Navas' error.

Oliver, who also referees in the Premier League, awarded a stoppage-time penalty to Real after Mehdi Benatia was ruled to have fouled Lucas Vazquez. "He has a rubbish bin instead of a heart". 'If you don't have the character to walk on a pitch like this, you can sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, drinking your Sprite and eating crisps'. I don't understand why he talked about the previous fixture.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane would have recognised better than anyone the poignant nature of all this, reported Reuters.

"It was a tenth of a penalty", he said.

Following the match, Buffon voiced his displeasure at the official, making reference to the first leg of the tie before suggesting that the referee should have been more sensitive in the context of the match.

"I'm sure Oliver will have a great career in future, but he's too young to officiate a match like that", the goalkeeper added.

Real Madrid ran out 4-2 winners in extra time as Cristiano Ronaldo struck a hattrick. It's a pity, the performance of the boys remains, we confirmed - as PSG did last season and Roma last night - you can come back from 3-0 down to turn things around. "When I don't feel I'm good enough, I put myself in a corner". "By conceding the goal after a minute, you drop your head and give them life".

"I don't know if it was correct or not, I don't care, but Buffon was also sent off and therefore denied the opportunity to save the Cristiano Ronaldo penalty".

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