Ex-Juventus legend defends Michael Oliver after Buffon penalty comments

Gigi loses it

One of Gianluigi Buffon’s former teammates has defended Michael Oliver after Italian slammed the referee over his penalty decision against Real Madrid.

In one of the most dramatic games of the season, Real Madrid were awarded a penalty in added time that would see them progress to the semi-finals.

Mehdi Benatia brought down Lucas Vázquez in the box and Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to convert. 

Buffon was also sent off for his protests to referee Oliver, which saw his Champions League career come to a sombre end.

After the game, Buffon was clearly furious and went on the offensive against the Premier League referee.

“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,” he explained.

Oliver defended

Now, Buffon’s former teammate Alessandro Del Piero has defended the referee after Buffon’s comments. 

He claims that the player will come down from his frustration in a few days and ‘possibly say different words’.

“Emotionally I am very close to Gigi but when he spoke about the referee I couldn’t understand him, honestly,” he explained. 

“I don’t understand why he talked about the previous fixture.

“In football, you analyse the present. I understand that it’s a frustrating situation but I think that he will think about what he said and possibly say different words in a few days.”

Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo

<> during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 11, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

Ronaldo responds

Del Piero wasn’t the only one talking about the incidents, so was the goalscorer himself.

Ronaldo was clearly not happy with protests from Juventus players over the decision.

“Why are the Juve players complaining? It was just a penalty,” he explained after the game.

“Lucas can score if he is not put down.

“During the game, Benatia and the rest of the Juve players kicked us from behind all the time. That’s how they play.”

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