Buffon Should Watch His Mouth, Says Italian Referee • Channels Television


FILE COPY Juventus’ goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrates at the end of the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Sampdoria on April 15, 2018 at Allianz Stadium in Turin. Juventus won the match 3-0. Photo Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP


Italian referees’ Chief, Marcello Nicchi, said Monday that Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon should think before lashing out at officials as he did during last week’s Champions League defeat by Real Madrid.

Buffon was sent off for dissent by English referee Michael Oliver after he awarded Real Madrid a stoppage-time penalty which sent the Spaniards into the semi-finals.

The 40-year-old Italian icon later called Oliver “a murderer” with “a rubbish bin” in place of a heart.

“Buffon is a great champion who I hope will go on to have a great managerial career,” Nicchi told Italian radio.

“But at certain levels you have to be careful about what you say. There are always kids listening.

“If it happened in Italy? I…

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