Buffon banned for three matches


Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been banned for three matches by the European football governing body, UEFA over comments he made about the referee in the Champions League quarter-finals in April.

40-year-old Buffon was enraged by English referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award Real Madrid a stoppage-time penalty kick during the second leg at the Bernabeu.

The Italian lost control, screaming at and jostling the Englishman until he was shown a red card.

Cristiano Ronaldo converted the spot-kick and Real lost the match 3-1 to win the tie 4-3 on aggregate.

“The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to suspend Juventus goal keeper 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 Italian, who left Juventus after 17 seasons at the club, criticized Oliver after the match.

“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”, Buffon said.

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