Gigi Buffon vs Michael Oliver
The fallout between Juventus legend Gigi Buffon and English referee Michael Oliver is refusing to go away.
Last week Juve crashed out of the Champions League at Real Madrid.
3-0 down from the first leg in Turn, Juventus clawed themselves back to 3-3 at the Santiago Bernbaeu.
But deep into injury time ref Oliver awarded Madrid a penalty and he sent off Buffon.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner, and after the game Buffon went on the assault.
Juventus icon Buffon doubles down
Over the weekend, Italian TV show Le Iene managed to catch up with Buffon on a train.
Buffon was given the opportunity to redress his comments about Michael Oliver. Instead the Italian icon doubled down in his criticisms.
As translated by Sport Witness, Buffon’s latest outburst went as follows:
I do not have to fix it because I am a human being that has passion, feelings, anger, I find ways to speak, right or wrong, sometimes excessive, but this is it.
In some respects (my comments were) uneducated. But they are the feelings of a man who is not behind a veil of hypocrisy, and throws out what the guts tell him.
You cannot ask a person who lives the sport with a fullness as I do to accept, be balanced, because in the end, albeit excessively expressing certain thoughts, these were thoughts that had a logic. Maybe with another kind of language, more civilised we should say things. But it remains that the content of what I said I confirm in full.
Even if I exaggerated excessively, I said what I thought. He didn’t have to whistle the other night, a referee with more experience would not have whistled, standing up as the protagonist of a game, and let the teams play in extra time, let the pitch do the talking.
I do not bear a grudge, I’m not angry either, it’s all over.
But is it all over?
Buffon is under pressure after Michael Oliver’s wife, Lucy, has been attacked on social media after the Juve game.