UEFA has charged Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon over his comments about referee Michael Oliver following his side’s Champions League quarterfinal exit to Real Madrid last month.
European football’s governing body said it was charging the 40-year-old with breaching its “general principles of conduct” after his tirade, and the case will be heard on May 31.
Buffon hit out at the English official after he awarded the 89th-minute penalty, converted by Cristiano Ronaldo, that enabled Real to seal a 4-3 aggregate victory.
He said Oliver had “a garbage bin for a heart,” later telling Italian television that he stood by his comments.
He added: “I don’t have to make up for anything because I am a human being who puts passion, sentiment and anger into what I do.
“You find a way to speak, right or wrong, that at times can seem excessive — but this is me, I am Gigi Buffon.”
Juventus had wiped out a three-goal deficit from the first leg and the tie appeared destined for extra time until Medhi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez, who just had Buffon to beat near the six-yard box.
Buffon was sent off for protesting against the penalty decision in the face of Oliver and has also been charged over the red card.
“I’m sure Oliver will have a great career in future, but he’s too young to officiate a match like that,” Buffon said.
“A referee with more experience would not have blown his whistle and decided not to become the protagonist of the match.”
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