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Gigi Buffon breaks silence on Michael Oliver comments

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Lucia Summers | 15 April, 2018, 18:43

Gianluigi Buffon has launched an impassioned defence of his actions during the Champions League tie between Juventus and Real Madrid following criticism. I'd say them all again.

Speaking after the game on Wednesday, Lineker had sympathised with Buffon by saying he thought Oliver's decision to send him off was harsh.

Talking about the referee's decision, Buffon said, "A referee with more experience would not have blown his whistle and decided not to become the protagonist of the match".

The veteran goalkeeper was sent off for dissent after Oliver awarded a stoppage-time penalty against the Old Lady before Cristiano Ronaldo fired Real Madrid into the last four.

"I think the referees have a hard job but we also have a hard job", said Buffon.

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. He would have left it running, turned around and let the two teams fight it out in extra time.

He added: "To be honest I think it is disgraceful, upsetting and deceptive".

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You won't find a team who can keep the same momentum, the same rhythm, the same pace with this amount of games. It's a penalty from Robertson on Raheem Sterling right in front of the fourth official.

Roma are riding high after a insane night at the Stadio Olimpico saw them beat Barcelona 3-0 to reach the Champions League semi-finals, thanks to Edin Dzeko's away goal. 'I know the referee saw, it was certainly a dubious incident.

"Before being a Juventino, I am an Italian, and I really cared about Italian football doing well".

"It's unbelievable that our captain isn't allowed to speak to the referee - the red card was very harsh".

"Maybe I could even end my career with a headbutt like Zidane did".

The Portuguese ace has netted 15 goals in the competition this season, including at least one in every Real Madrid game.

There are few more likeable and that, largely, is why there was such sympathy for a player who had been overcome by fury, who had clearly terrified Oliver and later claimed that he had "a rubbish bin for a heart". "But for Oliver to follow the rule of the game, he was entirely right". I need to search deep within myself and work out how I feel.

"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". "I think the same is true of my teammates and the fans".

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