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Italian Goalkeeper Buffon Banned Over Comment Against Referee



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AFP / Glyn KIRK Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon lost Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015

AFP / Glyn KIRK Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon lost Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015

Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon have been banned for three matches by European football governing body UEFA as a result of the comments he made about the referee after Juventus lost in the Champions League quarter-finals in April.

The decision to award Real Madrid a stoppage-time penalty kick by English referee Michael Oliver during the second leg at the Bernabeu enraged him to make inappropriate comments against the referee.

The Italian was shown a red card when he lost control and started screaming out of rage.

Real Madrid won the match 3-1 to win and 4-3 on aggregate when Christiano Ronaldo converted the stoppage time palnaty that was awarded to the Spanish side.

“The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to suspend Juventus player Gianluigi Buffon for three UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible,” UEFA said in a statement on its website on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old Buffon, who left Juventus after 17 seasons at the club, criticised Oliver after the match.

He said the referee had been out of his depth, should have been in the stands eating crisps and must have a garbage bin for a heart.

AS Roma also had it fans ban for two away matches after violence during the Champions League semi-final at Anfield left a liverpool fan in critical condition.

Roma’s ban for the second match has been deferred under a probationary period of two years, UEFA added in the statement.

Roma was also fined 50,000 euros (about $58,330).

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