- Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has apologized to referee Michael Oliver
- He insulted the referee in his side's Champions League exit against Real Madrid
- Buffon was livid with the decision of the referee to have given Real a penalty
Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has tendered an apology to referee Michael Oliver for his unsportsmanlike behavior during Juventus' exit in the 2017/18 Champions League.
Juventus overcame a 3-0 defeat they suffered in the first leg of their semi final clash against Real Madrid, but the referee awarded a penalty to Real Madrid at the death.
Buffon then angrily launched a serious verbal attack against referee Michael Oliver because of the penalty he gave Real Madrid.
The 40-year-old was red carded for his behavior and Portugal international Ronaldo converted the penalty that sent Real Madrid to the final of the Champions League.
"It is obvious that I have transgressed and I am sorry for what I have done.
"But it was a very special situation. I couldn't do anything else but say those things and I am sorry to have offended the referee,'' Buffon was quoted to have said by Sky sports.
Meanwhile, UEFA are expected to deal with Gianluigi Buffon's case on May 31.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was charged by UEFA for comments he made about referee Michael Oliver after his side's Champions League quarter-final exit to Real Madrid.
Buffon was sent off after Real were awarded a contentious penalty as Cristiano Ronaldo converted the late penalty to progress to the final.
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