Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, and Mehdi Benatia – the man that gave away the penalty that effectively ended Juve’s chances of advancing – have both unleashed tirade of attacks on English referee, Michael Oliver.
Buffon said Oliver is not big enough for such a high profile match. He said Oliver “has no heart” and should have been watching the quarter-final clash in the stands “with his wife and a Sprite”.
Oliver awarded Real a penalty in the 93rd minute at the Santiago Bernabeu, after Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez with a clumsy challenge from behind.
Buffon was then sent off for his protests and Cristiano Ronaldo scored the resulting spot-kick to drag Real through to the semi-finals with a dramatic 4 – 3 aggregate win.
“This referee has no heart, he has a garbage bag instead of a heart” Buffon told Italian channel Mediaset Premium after the second leg tie which his team had won 3 – 1.
“If you do not have personality and courage, you should go to the stands to watch the match with your wife and with a Sprite.”
Real looked like they would cruise into the semis following last week’s 3 – 0 victory in Turin but Mario Mandzukic gave Juve hope with two first-half headers before Blaise Matuidi leveled the tie after a mistake from goalkeeper Keylor Navas.