Buffon’s ‘understandable’ referee rant against Real defended by UEFA president

The man at the helm of European football has refused to condemn the behaviour of the Juventus goalkeeper during a Champions League quarter-final clash
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has refused to condemn Gianluigi Buffon for his “understandable” reaction towards referee Michael Oliver during Juventus’ controversial Champions League tie with Real Madrid.

Juve were on the brink of forcing extra-time in the Champions League quarter-finals, having taken a 3-0 lead at the Santiago Bernabeu after losing by the same score in Turin.

But referee Oliver awarded Madrid a late penalty after Medhi Benatia barged Lucas Vazquez to the ground, with Buffon reacting aggressively and earning a red card for putting his hands on the official.


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