Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

'I challenge anyone to have reacted differently' - Allegri defends Buffon's referee rant

'I challenge anyone to have reacted differently' - Allegri defends Buffon's referee rant

With extra-time looming, Medhi Benatia was adjudged to have fouled Lucas Vazquez at the death as Madrid progressed to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate despite a 3-1 second-leg loss midweek.

In the aftermath, he said Oliver had a garbage bin for a heart.

"I thank him for his courage".

He added: "I don't have to make up for anything, because I am a human being who puts passion, sentiment and anger into what I do".

Buffon broke his silence Sunday, however, the veteran was unremorseful for his scathing criticism of Oliver at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Then he sent off Juventus goalie Gianluigi Buffon - and the Italians were eliminated in Spain by Cristiano Ronaldo's spot-kick after they had remarkably fought back from a three-goal deficit.

At 40 years old Buffon may never play in the Champions League again and, when Oliver gave the penalty, went chicken oriental.

Gianluigi Buffon raged late into the night after a wild match in Madrid as the Juventus legend was sent off in what was probably the final Champions League match of an extraordinary career.

The 33-year-old English referee was clearly pushed and responded with the red card to Buffon.

"I am sorry", Ronaldo said to Buffon (translated from Spanish), as reported by realtotal.

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

Calls have been growing for Juventus and above all Buffon to apologise for their very harsh language in the wake of the penalty decision, encouraging their pseudo fans to calm down. I need to search deep within myself and work out how I feel.

"I am definitely sorry about that but I also know that I wasn't dealing with a person with a lot of awareness of feelings otherwise he wouldn't have made two big mistakes in the space of two minutes".

I'm not saying it wasn't a penalty, I am saying it was a dubious situation.

"This is why we are angry: we have struggled for 90 ' odd minutes a" nd if it is a 50-50 situation you do not have to give it.

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