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Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon stands by reaction on Michael Oliver's penalty decision

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon stands by reaction on Michael Oliver's penalty decision
From ESPN - April 17, 2018

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he does not regret the emotional outburst which earned him a red card towards the end of his side's Champions League elimination last Wednesday.

An animated Buffon was shown the red card by English referee Michael Oliver after protesting a penalty decision made with only a handful of seconds remaining of a quarterfinal tie which, with Juve leading 3-0, was heading to extra time.

Cristiano Ronaldo converted from the spot to send Madrid through and potentially bring an end to Buffon's career in Europe, with the 40-year-old contemplating retirement this summer.

Buffon's anger has been replicated by many Juve fans, with UEFA on Monday condemning the abuse which has been aimed at Oliver and his wife over the past five days.

The Juve and Italy No. 1 says he still stands by his actions, though.

"I am sticking firmly to my position with regards to the concept and the process of what I did, and I have no doubts about this," he told Sky Sport Italia at a sponsor's event on Monday evening. "Certainly five days have now passed and I would soften the language a bit, but this Buffon is not last Wednesday's Buffon. Last Wednesday, I brought out, in an untidy way, what was a logical thought."

Standing by his actions, Buffon says he is simply remaining coherent and true to himself.

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