Gianluigi Buffon Handed Three-match Ban By Uefa For Assault On Referee Michael Oliver


GIANLUIGI BUFFON has been handed a three-match ban by Uefa for his assault on Michael Oliver.

The former Italy keeper, 40, was sent off by Oliver in the last seconds of Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final second leg at Real Madrid.

REUTERS Gianluigi Buffon has been banned for three games for his rant at Michael Oliver

Buffon, who is set to join Paris Saint- Germain next season, lost his temper after Oliver awarded Real a tie-winning spot kick.

The 2006 World Cup-winning No1 launched into a verbal blast, giving Oliver no option but to send him off.

Buffon, though, was unrepentant, claiming Oliver had “a bag of rubbish for his heart”, was an “animal” and added: “He doesn’t know s***!”

Oliver and his wife Lucy received death threats in the aftermath and it was not until a month after the game that Buffon finally made some sort of apology.

AFP Gianluigi Buffon tore into Michael Oliver after the ref awarded Real Madrid a late penalty in the Champions League quarter-final clash

Buffon was charged by Uefa for the red card and a breach of “general principles of conduct” and a disciplinary commission has now banned the Italian for three European games.

It means he would miss half of the group stage of next season’s Champions League if the move to PSG goes through.

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REUTERS Gianluigi Buffon could now serve the ban at PSG should he join the French giants

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