Juventus heartbreaking elimination from Uefa Champions League witnessed a dull moment after 92 minutes and 53 seconds of beautiful football. Italian giant roared at Santiago Bernabeu and home team Real Madrid had no clue what they are up to. Bianconeri were leading 3-0 and were on level 3-3 aggregate before the cruel moment arrived. They were seconds away from extending that match into extra-time when English referee Michael Olivier awarded the penalty to Real Madrid for Mehdi Benatia nudge on Marco Asensio. Juventus legendry goalkeeper protested in a normal reaction as you could expect in those tense moment when a decision doesn’t go in your favour, but he was red carded. Buffon wasn’t impressed with the referee and he said he has a trash can in place of his heart.
Buffon told Sky Sport Italia as Football Italia reports, “Nothing strange. The referee lost the plot, I accept that. I won’t accept that a referee is in a charge of game like this with two such high-profile teams and doesn’t have the character, courage or ability to make calm decisions.”
“He was clearly unprepared. Giving a penalty like that, after a memorable match, sending off someone who has never been red carded for dissent in his life in my final game is simply not acceptable. If you do that, then you’re an animal, you have a trash bin in place of your heart.”
He adds, “I leave here with a memorable match, seeing 18 warriors with the desire to sweat buckets and out a stratospheric performance. I have unbridled pride at being captain of these lads.”
Buffon also praises the rise of Italian football. He said, “Only Juve players can do that. I’m pleased that we leave with our heads held high and won back some pride for Italian football. I also compliment Roma for their achievements, as I was moved by their comeback to knock out Barcelona and hope they go all the way to win the trophy. Tomorrow I’ll be cheering on Lazio in the Europa League quarterfinal, as we must show signs of Italian football coming back.”