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Buffon should watch his mouth, says Italian ref chief

18 April 2018

Buffon has come under fire over the past few days after getting sent off against Real Madrid last week, as well as the comments that followed. - Reuters picMILAN, April 17 ― Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon conceded yesterday that sometimes he gets it wrong but that the dramatic Champions League game against Real Madrid had made him feel alive.

Italy icon Buffon has said this will be his last season and he announced his global retirement after Italy's dramatic failure to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.

Buffon, playing his final Champions League match, was sent off by English referee Michael Oliver for his enraged protests at the decision to award a penalty when Medhi Benatia fouled Lucas Vazquez.

A UEFA spokesperson said: "UEFA strongly condemns the abuse directed at Michael Oliver and his wife".

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The Juve and Italy No. 1 says he still stands by his actions, though.

"I'm not saying it wasn't a penalty, I'm just saying that it was doubtful", he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Leonardo Bonucci has backed his former Juventus team-mate Gianluigi Buffon over his reaction to Real Madrid's dramatic late penalty in last week's Champions League quarter-final.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has responded to speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League by insisting that he is "happy" and in "harmony" with the Italian club.

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"This isn't a situation where you can say it's a definite penalty".

"It's like for goalkeepers, you have to save with your instinct without thinking, and it's the same for us".

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association.

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Buffon should watch his mouth, says Italian ref chief