Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero questions Gianluigi Buffon's criticism of the referee
Apr 13 2018
The joy of the Real Madrid faithful at the Santiago Bernabeu was mixed with relief after seeing the hosts blow a 3-0 advantage from the first leg on Wednesday, reports Efe.
After Juventus had wiped out Real's three-goal advantage from the first leg with a Mario Mandzukic double and Blaise Matuidi's second-half goal, Lucas Vazquez was bundled over in the box by Mehdi Benatia in the third minute of added time and Oliver pointed to the spot.
While Buffon stopped short of physically assaulting Oliver, the riled goalkeeper let loose a barrage of finger-prodding rhetoric as the Juve players swarmed the referee in protest.
"You could tell at the time it wasn't a penalty, but seeing the footage back it's just laughable". Perhaps we should reflect on the referee selector and his vanity; his attempts to seem impartial consistently lead him to be prejudiced against Italian teams. "It's a pity it ended like this, unjustly".
After the game, the furious Italian had some harsh words to say about referee Michael Oliver. "When you come to the Bernabeu to play in the quarter-finals you need the players, coaches, fans and referees to be at this level". You have to watch the first leg and see that a similar foul was not punished with a penalty for Juventus in Turin.
If you support another club, you might be tempted to speak about their lack of professionalism, or even hark back to the Calciopoli Scandal and wonder how a club who were relegated for influencing match officials could be so quick to bemoan their treatment at the hands of a referee here. If you don't have personality, you better watch the game from the stands with your wife and your kids while eating chips.
"I could have said anything to him and he should have had the sense to forgive me anything I did, because what he did is to commit a crime against sportsmanship".
"Of course I have objectives, but there are no certainties", he said on the topic of retirement. Your heart beats quicker, but I calmed myself down. 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 s***".