Gianluca Buffon has described central referee, Michael Oliver as a heartless man whose business should be restricted elsewhere other than a football pitch after he was sent off for protesting the late penalty that ensured that Real Madrid earned a lifeline to continue in the UEFA Champions League.
Juventus were chasing a winning goal after successfully cancelling out a three- goal deficit brought over from the first leg in Turin at the Santiago Bernabeu Wednesday night before a late penalty put paid to their hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League at Real Madrid’s expense.
English referee, Oliver had wasted no time to point to the penalty spot after Mendi Benatia was ad judged to have brought down a goal bound Lucas Vasquez inside the box. But Buffon and his colleagues had thought otherwise as they virulently fought the decision. Oliver would end up flashing the Juventus goalie a red card to the consternation of his teammates.
In a post-match conference, Buffon, 40, said “It was a tenth of a penalty. I know the referee saw it. It was certainly a dubious incident. And a dubious incident at the 93rd minute when we had a clear penalty denied 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, instead of a heart in his chest, he has a garbage can. On top of that, if you don’t have the character to walk on a pitch like this in a stadium, you can sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, drinking your Sprite and eat crisps.
“You cannot ruin the dreams of a team,” Buffon added.