Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon charged by UEFA over referee comments

  • Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon charged by UEFA over referee comments

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon charged by UEFA over referee comments

The Italian worldwide embarked on a furious tirade against English referee Michael Oliver at the end of last month's Champions League quarter final between his side and Real Madrid, having just seen Juve concede a last-minute penalty.

UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will hear Buffon's case on May 31, when a punishment for his red card will be decided and a charge in line with the "general principles of conduct" of European football's governing body will be assessed.

He made the comments after his team's UEFA Champions League quarter-final defeat by Real Madrid of Spain last month.

Buffon was shown a straight red card for remonstrating with Oliver after the decision was made, leaving Cristiano Ronaldo to spank the ensuing spot-kick past his replacement, Wojciech Szczesny, and send Los Blancos through.

As the season will be over by then at club level and Buffon is expected to hang up his gloves, a Champions League ban would make no real difference in this case.

"Clearly you can not have a heart in your chest, but a bag of rubbish".

The teams were heading for extra time in a quarterfinal, second leg game in Madrid on April 11 when English referee Michael Oliver ruled that Juventus defender Medhi Benatia fouled Lucas Vazquez in the goalmouth. He said Oliver had "a garbage bin for a heart", later telling Italian television that he stood by his comments.

The 40-year-old Buffon criticised Oliver after the match, saying the referee had been out of his depth.

"The team gave its all, but a human being can not destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation".