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“I am Gigi Buffon.” — Juve keeper stands by Michael Oliver comments

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Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon says that he stands by the comments he made about referee Michael Oliver after their dramatic Champions League quarter-final exit to Real Madrid.

The 40-year old was sent off for dissent after Oliver awarded Real an injury-time penalty, and later said the official had “a trash can for a heart” after Juve had come back from losing 3-0 at home to lead 3-0 at the Bernabeu in the second leg of the last-eight tie on Wednesday.

However, Oliver awarded the Spanish side a 93rd-minute penalty for Mehdi Benatia’s foul on Lucas Vazquez, which Cristiano Ronaldo scored to send Real through 4-3 on aggregate.

Buffon said after the game that it was a “dubious incident” and, speaking again on Saturday, he said he had been defending “my teammates and fans, even in a not very composed fashion”.

“The content remains and I stand by all of it,” the keeper said. “I’d say them all again – maybe with a different type of language.”

“You find a way to speak, right or wrong, that at times can seem excessive – but this is me, I am Gigi Buffon.”

He added that he still believed 33-year-old Oliver lacked experience.

“I’m sure Oliver will have a great career in future, but he’s too young to officiate a match like that. A referee with more experience would not have blown his whistle and decided not to become the protagonist of the match. He would have left it running, turned around and let the two teams fight it out in extra time. Let the pitch do the talking.”

Police are currently investigating threatening text messages sent to Oliver’s wife, Lucy, after she was abused on fans on social media.

FA Cup: United charged but Marcos Rojo in the clear

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The Football Association (FA) charged Manchester United with failing to control their players although it appears that Marcos Rojo will escape any retrospective action after his stamp on Eden Hazard.

Both incidents occurred in United’s 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup quarter final by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“Manchester United have been charged for failing to control its players. It follows an incident in the 35th minute of the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge,” a statement from the FA read. “The club have until 6pm on Friday to respond to the charge.”

This happened after referee Michael Oliver’s sending off of Ander Herrera, which prompted several United players to surround the official and argue with him. It was Herrera’s second yellow for tripping Hazard after drawing an earlier booking from Oliver for a body check on the Belgian.

Herrera’s dismissal also came after the referee’s warning to United captain Chris Smalling that United, being engaged in systematic fouling of Chelsea’s players, would have their next indiscretion answered with the issuing of a yellow card.

In a separate incident, Rojo appeared to make contact with Hazard’s chest towards the end of the tie, but Oliver did not appear to see this. He did not warn Rojo or censure the defender with a booking.

Rojo’s escape would come as a irony as not two weeks ago, Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings was handed a five-match suspension for stamping on Zlatan Ibrahimovic during United’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.

Nonetheless, Herrera will miss the Premier League matches against West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough along with Ibrahimovic. For the latter player they are the second and third matches of a three-game ban he received for elbowing Mings in the game with Bournemouth.