Juventus president calls for review of disputed Real Madrid penalty

Dean Simpson
April 13, 2018

Allegri had been irate on the touchline after Michael Oliver awarded Real a penalty deep into added time for Medhi Benatia's challenge on Lucas Vasquez but appeared to have cooled off by the time he was asked for his assessment on the chaotic events before the final whistle.

Juventus captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (in black) confronts referee Michael Oliver after he awarded a penalty to Real Madrid in their UEFA Champions League match on 11 April 2018.

Buffon described it as "a tenth of a penalty", calling the incident "dubious". I did everything to try not to touch him.

Cristiano Ronaldo converted the penalty, sending the Turin side crashing out of the tournament, after they had done all the hard work in erasing a 3-0 deficit to draw level on aggregate.

Ronaldo revealed after the match he hopes Buffon changes his mind about stepping away from the game.


Only four days earlier, Juventus had benefitted from two penalties - the second after Juve forward Gonzalo Higuain's legs crumpled without any apparent contact from his marker - to win 4-2 at Benevento in Serie A.

"The pulse increased, but I calmed down, and I knew I'd be decisive", he continued.

An equally livid Juventus president Andrea Andrea Agnelli said VAR was desperately needed in the Champions League.

"Clearly you can not have a heart in your chest, but a garbage bin".

Confused as to why Buffon would make reference to the first-leg of the tie, citing that "football is like that, we analyse the present moment", Del Piero is certain that "in a few days, Buffon will have different words to say to the referee".


Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot to settle the tie but the Portuguese ace was sympathetic to Buffon after the game.

After the game, the shot-stopper criticised Oliver, stating: "If you don't have the character to walk on a pitch like this in a stadium like this, you can sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, drinking your Sprite and eating crisps".

"But a professional who referees a game like this has got to be prepared, first of all to know what happened in the first leg. You can not do something like that".

"I don't think he deserved to be sent off", Zidane said.

Replays were inconclusive on the extent of Benatia's contact on Vazquez, with the defender protesting his innocence.


The match looked set for extra time, after a Mandzukic brace and Matuidi goal restored parity, however, a last-minute penalty goal from Ronaldo secured progress for Madrid.

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