Gianluigi Buffon’s restraint after being shown a red card by Michael Oliver has been hailed by the Juventus legend Stefano Tacconi. The former Juventus claimed that he wanted Buffon to punch the referee.
Buffon, who might have played his last ever Champions League game was sent off for pushing and arguing with the referee after he awarded Real Madrid a penalty in the last minute of the match.
It could be that a memorable European career is now over, with a 40-year-old performer seemingly heading for retirement, and Tacconi admits that he would have acted differently had he been in Buffon’s boots at Santiago Bernabeu and shockingly, it would have been more brutal.
“Knowing I was going to stop, I’d have punched [Oliver’s] face in. It would have been a great end to a wonderful career. You can’t give a penalty like that in the 95th-minute. Psychologically everyone is tense and you can’t give a penalty like that,” Tacconi said.
Tacconi has also hit out at referee chief Pierluigi Collina and the wider world of Italian football following two dramatic nights for elite Serie A sides in Europe – with Juve’s heartbreaking exit coming on the back of an unlikely away goals triumph for Roma over Barcelona.
“Collina is in bad faith, there was a referee who was corruptible, just as he was against Juventus in Perugia. He’s in bad faith and you have to change the referee designator every two or three years.”
“When Roma won all the Italian teams congratulated them, when Juve lose everyone is against them and I’m disappointed by that,” he concluded.
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