Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon has laid into English referee Michael Oliver in the wake of his side’s controversial exit from UEFA Champions League in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a controversial penalty award in added time of the game to send Real Madrid through to the semi-finals with a 4-3 aggregate after a brace from Mario Mandzukic and a strike from Blaise Matuidi gave Juventus a 3-0 lead in Madrid to level the tie at 3-3.
Buffon who missed out on another attempt to win the UEFA Champions League also accused Oliver of having ‘no heart in his chest’ for awarding that late penalty for Mehdi Benatia’s challenge on Lucas Vazquez in the penalty box.
“It was a tenth of a penalty,” Buffon, who was sent off for his wild protest, told Mediaset.
“It was certainly a dubious incident.
“And a dubious incident at the 93rd minute when we had a clear penalty denied [for a challenge on Juan Cuadrado] in the first leg, you cannot award that at this point.
“The team gave their all, but a human being cannot destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation.
“Clearly you cannot have a heart in your chest, but a bin. On top of that, if you don’t have the character to walk on a pitch like this in a stadium like this, you can sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, drinking your Sprite and eating crisps. You cannot ruin the dreams of a team.”
Buffon added he was proud of his team for their fight despite trailing 3-0 from the first leg.
“Real Madrid deserved to go through over the two legs,” the 40-year-old Italy legend added.
“I wish them the best and it has always been an honour for me to face this club, but objectively we at least deserved to go to extra time.
“We started out knowing full well we had 0.0000005 per cent chance of doing it. But I am so truly proud to be part of a team that would play like this, work so hard and give everything. I am proud to be with this group of men. Naturally, there is regret and, well, anger.”