English referee Michael Oliver (4L) shows a red card to Juventus' Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (2R) during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Juventus FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 11, 2018.
The 40-year-old goalkeeper did not take referee Michael Oliver's decision to award a 93rd minute penalty lightly, and was sent off for dissent.
Arguing with the referee is necessarily an offence in the rules; Buffon, bawling and pawing at Oliver, had to go.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the penalty to secure Madrid's progression with a 4-3 aggregate win, and Buffon blasted Oliver after the game, saying he had a "trash can" instead of a heart and accusing the official of not having the required "personality and sensibility" to officiate such a match.
Buffon's post-match rage continued with the suggestion that: "if you can't handle the pressure and have the courage to make a decision, then you should just sit in the stands and eat your crisps". In a desperate attempt to prevent the goal, Benatia made contact with the Real Madrid attacker and Vazquez collapsed in a heap.
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"When Gigi spoke about the referee I couldn't understand him, honestly", the former Italy global said on Sky Sport Italia . Thank you to all warriors that fight every game, thanks to all the fans who have supported us so far!
Pirlo, meanwhile, was a bit more sympathetic to Buffon's viewpoint. "We absolutely can not let that slip". "It will not take away everything he has done, even if it's a shame to end his Champions League career this way". Keylor Navas failed to collect a cross into the box and Matuidi was in the right place at the right time to poke the ball home for an improbable equaliser.
But Oliver blew, Buffon exploded and Ronaldo hit the net.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri was forced into a substitution after just 17 minutes, replacing Mattia De Sciglio with Stephan Lichtsteiner. "In view of the two legs both teams would have deserved to move on to the next phase". They join Bayern Munich, who knocked out Sevilla, Liverpool and Roma in Friday's semi-final draw. Not about the penalty because that's down to interpretation, for me it is and the referee gave it, but the stuff about the robbery. However skilled they are, referees are necessary, a precious part of the game. Gareth Bale perhaps paid the heaviest price. It was an astonishing comeback and Buffon's hopes of a first Champions League title were still alive.
Bale's night was up at half-time as he and Casemiro were replaced by Zidane's tried-and-trusted duo in Europe of Vazquez and Asensio. "I was not happy with the approach, it was not to punish Gareth or Casemiro".