Gianluigi Buffon Refuses To Apologise To Michael Oliver
Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon says he stands by the comments he made about referee Michael Oliver after their dramatic Champions League quarter-final exit to Real Madrid.
Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League by current holders Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate after Oliver handed the Spanish side a late penalty.
“The content remains and I stand by all of it,” the keeper told Italian TV.
“I’d say them all again – maybe with a different type of language.”
The 40-year-old Italy international added: “You find a way to speak, right or wrong, that at times can seem excessive – but this is me, I am Gigi Buffon.”
Buffon said on Wednesday that it was a “dubious incident” and, speaking on Saturday, he said he had been defending “my team-mates and fans, even in a not very composed fashion”.
“I’m sure Oliver will have a great career in the future, but he’s too young to officiate a match like that.
“The beauty, the imponderable nature of football, means that unfortunately, this young man found himself in a situation that was too complex, too garbled and too big for him to deal with.
“So at the end of the day, what I said after the match, I don’t hold any rancor towards Oliver. I’m not even angry with him. It all ended there, but naturally in the heat of the moment one does feel I’m not saying penalized, I felt defrauded.
“Not defrauded of the result, but of the night. It was a night that can never be repeated.”
Buffon’s contract with Juventus expires in the summer and the Italian is yet to announce whether he will retire or play for another year.