Referees' chief Marcello Nicchi: 'Gianluigi Buffon wrong on Michael Oliver'

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Leonardo Bonucci believes he may also have lost control if he was still playing for Juventus when they conceded their late penalty against Real Madrid.

Oliver, 33, initially found himself in the firing line when Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon, who was sent off after he protested furiously against the penalty decision, hit out in a post-match interview.

English referee Michael Oliver has been offered police support after being abused by social media trolls following his Champions League penalty controversy.

Buffon, whose side had fought back from a 3-0 first-leg advantage to level the aggregate score at 3-3 at the Bernabeu Stadium before being beaten by Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp spot-kick, said the referee had a "bag of rubbish for a heart" and stood by his claims at the weekend. 'I go on vacation when the transfer window opens because I trust the club completely.

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

"I also live for that".

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Although Buffon has now had time to reflect on the incident, he has no intention of apologising.

"Being captain of the national team is the greatest gift that life has given me", said Buffon, who returned to play friendlies last month against England and Argentina with the Azzurri.

"This isn't a situation where you can say it's a definite penalty". There are always kids listening.

"If it happened in Italy?" They can't be threatened either before, during, or after the game. I would have defended the referee. "After that, there are the appropriate bodies which must judge the conduct of all players on the pitch".

Sky Sports reported that Oliver, whose wife Lucy received threats on social media, will officiate after saying that he wanted to return to action as quickly as possible.

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