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Buffon Berates Referee Oliver, Benatia Claims UCL Officiating Always In Madrid’s Favour
Buffon Berates Referee Oliver, Benatia Claims UCL Officiating Always In Madrid’s Favour

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.

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“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.

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