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Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon on Michael Oliver criticism: 'I stand by all of it'

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon on Michael Oliver criticism: 'I stand by all of it'
From ESPN - April 14, 2018

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he fully stands behind his inflammatory comments made toward referee Michael Oliver after Wednesday's dramatic Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

Buffon questioned the character of the English referee for awarding the late penalty that knocked his club out of the quarterfinals, saying the official had "a garbage bin in the place of a heart."

And speaking on Italian television on Saturday, the legendary keeper doubled down on his remarks.

"The content remains and I stand by all of it," Buffon said. "I'd say them all again -- maybe with a different type of language."

He added: "You find a way to speak, right or wrong, that at times can seem excessive -- but this is me, I am Gigi Buffon."

Juventus had erased a three-goal deficit from the first leg against Real Madrid and the game was headed to extra time until Medhi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez, who just had goalkeeper Buffon to beat near the six-yard box.

Buffon was sent off for protesting the decision in the face of the 33-year-old English referee, and Cristiano Ronaldo converted the penalty in the 98th minute to put his side through 4-3 on aggregate.

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