Ronaldo hugs Buffon after the thrilling clash

Glen Norman
April 17, 2018

Buffon's outburst, in what now looks to have been his last Champions League match, has drawn inevitable comparisons with Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid manager who ended his own worldwide career in similarly apocalyptic fashion with a headbutt and a red card against Buffon's Italy in the 2006 World Cup final.

Buffon, 40, confronted English referee Michael Oliver after he awarded an injury-time penalty and was sent off.

He went on to say that "If a referee doesn't have the courage and personality to manage a game on the pitch, then he should sit in the stands alongside his wife and have some chips".

"A quality referee does not destroy the dream of a team that has put everything on the field for 90 minutes", he fumed to Mediaset Premium.

He told reporters, as quoted by Marca: "I don't understand why they are protesting".

Pirlo, meanwhile, was a bit more sympathetic to Buffon's viewpoint.

And now Peter Crouch has weighed in with his opinion, and it's very hard to argue with him.

There was a five-minute delay between the penalty being awarded and Ronaldo hitting the back of the net, and Allegri was seen having an altercation with Ramos in the dugout.

"Fair play to Oliver for making the call", Crouch wrote.

Tuttosport, a paper based in Juventus' home city of Turin, said it was "an undeserved ending - just as Buffon doesn't deserve to end his career in Europe with a red card".

For Real, it was enough to keep alive their dream of a third consecutive Champions League trophy, although they lost 1-3 on the night. There are times when you lay into a referee and know you have overstepped the mark and I'm sure, in the future, Buffon will regret what happened.

Buffon described it as "a tenth of a penalty", calling the incident "dubious".

"I understand Buffon, I would've gone insane".

From Manchester United's astonishing victory at the Etihad against their cross-town rivals Manchester City in the Premier League to Roma's historic win against Barcelona at Stadio Olimpico in the Champions League, fans across the globe have witnessed some of the most heart-pounding games in recent times.

Kahn made over 600 appearances for Bayern until his retirement in 2008, winning eight Bundesliga titles and a Champions League, and represented Germany 86 times, picking up a runners-up medal at the 2002 World Cup.

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