A furious Gigi Buffon last night embarked on an astonishing rant about referee Michael Oliver, saying he has a “rubbish bin instead of a heart” and that he “doesn’t know s***”, after the English official awarded a 93rd-minute penalty that sent Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals and denied Juventus a sensational comeback.
The 40-year-old was actually sent off for dissent and, facing up to what might have been his last European appearance, didn’t hold back in a TV interview after the game.
He described Oliver as an “animal” and said he’d have been better off watching from the stands “while eating fries”.
“To award such a doubtful, or super doubtful penalty, just ahead of the final whistle and destroy the work of a team who gave absolutely everything you have to have a rubbish bin instead of a heart,” Buffon said.
“You need to be prepared for a game like this. You have to watch the first leg and see that a similar foul was not punished with a penalty for Juventus in Turin. And especially you need personality to referee a game like this. If you don't have personality, you better watch the game from the stands with your wife and your kids while eating fries.
“What did I say to him while I was protesting? I could say everything in that moment because when you take such decision in a certain moment of the game it means you don't know what sport is.
“A human being cannot decide the elimination of a team with such decision. When I don't feel that I'm good enough, I put myself in a corner. He should do the same. It's a matter of sensibility. It means you don't know where you are, which teams are playing, you don't know s***.
“If you have the cynicism to award a penalty like that in the 93rd minute, you are not a man, you are an animal.”
But Buffon at least ended his extraordinary outburst with a glimmer of positivity.
“Life goes on,” he added. “I’m happy and proud of how we played, we made the impossible possible. It’s a shame it ends like this.”
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