Buffon charged by UEFA over referee rant
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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was charged by UEFA on Friday over his comment about referee Michael Oliver after the Italian side’s dramatic Champions League quarterfinal loss to Real Madrid last month.
The 40-year-old has been charged both with breaching UEFA’ general principles of conduct over his outburst and also for his red card for dissent. European football’s governing body said the case will be dealt with on May 31.
The last eight clash between holders Real and Juventus was decided by a last gasp Cristiano Ronaldo penalty after the Serie A champions has staged a remarkable comeback to wipe out a 3-0 first leg deficit at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But Buffon, who was sent off in the aftermath of the penalty decision, lashed out at Oliver’s decision to award the spot kick, saying the English official had a “rubbish bin for a heart”.
“You have to be a murderer to make the last two decisions the referee made, “Juventus captain Buffon said.
“You cannot ruin the dreams of a team. I could’ve told the referee anything at that moment, but he had to understand the degree of the disaster he was creating. If you can’t handle the pressure and have to courage to make a decision, then you should just sit in the stands and eat your crisps.”
The 2006 World Cup winner is set to retire at the end of the season, so any potential ban from European football may not affect his future. Buffon later defended his comments saying the drama made him”feel alive.”