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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.

Ligue 1 referee who kicked player banned for six months

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Ligue 1 official Tony Chapron has been suspended by the French Football League (LFP) for six months for kicking Nantes defender Diego Carlos during a 1-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

In the late stages of the game in January, Carlos charged forward to join a Nantes counter-attack and clipped Chapron’s heels — clearly accidentally — sending the official tumbling to the ground.

However, Chapron retaliated and swung a kick out at the Brazilian before giving Carlos his marching orders with a second yellow card as the player complained.

The match official’s actions were immediately criticised by Nantes players after the game, with midfielder Valentin Rongier calling for him to be given a lengthy suspension.

“I don’t think Diego did it on purpose because he’s not a bad guy, and after the referee gets up and kicks out at him from the ground,” he said. “He dared to tell me that he slipped but I know he struck him. I know it’s difficult to referee, but they have to question themselves from time to time. If a player did that, we’d be banned for 10 matches. I hope the pictures speak for themselves.”

A retrospective review then saw Carlos’ red card quickly overturned by LFP officials, while the Chapron was suspended while the disciplinary committee investigated the situation.

However, despite the LFP having decided on the full extent of the referee’s punishment, half of his penalty has been suspended.

“After hearing Mr. Tony Chapron and reading the official’s report, the commission decided to sanction him with six months of suspension, three of which were suspended,” a statement on the website of the French football governing body read.

Ligue 1 referee kicks out at Nantes player before sending him off

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Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron appeared to kick out at Nantes player Diego Carlos off the ball before showing the defender a red card in Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 win.

PSG were advancing up the pitch in the last minute of the match on a counter attack when Carlos seemed to accidentally cross paths with Chapron.

The referee stumbled and fell to the turf, before appearing swinging his right boot at the Nantes player in an attempted kick. After the ensuing coming together, referee Chapron gave Carlos a second yellow card, before blowing for full-time three minutes later.

Angel Di Maria had scored before the break to lift PSG, who were without the injured Neymar and Thiago Motta, 11 points clear of second-placed Monaco, who could only manage a goalless draw at Montpellier on Saturday.

PSG had enjoyed most of the possession and were quickly ahead as Di Maria scored from inside the box after collecting a low cross from Edinson Cavani in the 12th minute.

The Argentinian international then went close to doubling the lead for his team eight minutes before the interval but his shot from close range hit the bar.

Nantes themselves had a good chance early in the second half but Alphone Areola made a fine save to deny Emiliano Sala.

Meanwhile, third-placed Lyon are behind Monaco on goal difference after a 1-1 home draw against relegation-threatened Angers, with Nabil Fekir cancelling out Karl Toko Ekambi’s opener from the spot. Angers finished with 10 men when Flavien Tait was sent off for a second bookable offence six minutes from time.

Arsene Wenger charged by FA over criticism of referees

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been charged by the FA for his attack on the standard of refereeing in the Premier League after a controversial penalty was awarded to West Bromwich Albion by match official Mike Dean in the closing minutes of the 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.

Wenger insisted in a pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s derby game against Chelsea that he wants to see referees take “sharp action” on the field instead.

“This is the 1950s, where the guy talks to him: ‘If you’re not nice, I might punish you.’ Come on, let’s not waste time,” he said on Tuesday.

“What does it help for the game? Nothing. Nothing happens. People want crisp, sharp action, and the referee has to make sure that that happens. They want to see: ‘Come on, let’s get on with it and play.’ That’s our responsibility. We don’t live in the dark ages.”

With just a minute left in the game against West Brom, Calum Chambers was harshly penalised for handball as Kieran Gibbs tried to lift the ball over the Arsenal defender, giving Jay Rodriguez the chance to equalise from the spot and prompting a furious reaction from Wenger.

It was alleged that his conduct in the match officials’ changing room at The Hawthorns was abusive and that he questioned the integrity of the referee.

“It wasn’t a penalty. There was no handball,” Wenger said after setting a Premier League record of 811 games in charge after the game. “It was not a deliberate handball. When you are as close as that, it’s impossible to play football. You go in the box, they just lift the ball to the arm of the player and it’s a penalty. He didn’t lift his hand. Where do you put your hands? You have no pockets in your shorts.”

“I’m angry because we have seen the same things again. I did fight very hard for the referees to become professional many years ago and they did a good job to allow them to be professional. But I see no improvement.”

“There are two countries in Europe where you have professional referees, in Italy and in England, and not one English referee will go to the World Cup. But everything is all right. We cannot say a word against it because they’re untouchable. That is the truth. It’s not only me that judges them.”