Buffon Has No Regrets Over Referee Rant

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Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Real Madrid from a shock Champions League exit as his injury-time penalty allowed the holders to edge out Juventus in the most dramatic of quarter-finals early yesterday, taking them through despite a 3-1 defeat.

"Someone has to pay, as everyone pays", Buffon told reporters after the game.

Talking about the referee's decision, Buffon said, "A referee with more experience would not have blown his whistle and decided not to become the protagonist of the match".

Gareth Bale, making a rare start for Zidane's team, was substituted at the break due to his anonymous first-half display, one that may signal the beginning of the end for the Wales global in Madrid. I don't understand why he talked about the previous fixture.

"If you do not have personality and courage, you should go to the stands to watch the match with your wife and a Sprite".

It was another blow for the charismatic 2006 World Cup victor who was reduced to tears after Italy dramatically failed to qualify for the global showpiece in November's playoffs.

The disgraceful and thuggish behaviour by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon on Wednesday night is something that the football governing bodies need to look at.

"I am definitely sorry about that but I also know that I wasn't dealing with a person with a lot of awareness of feelings otherwise he wouldn't have made two big mistakes in the space of two minutes".

'He would've left it running, turned around and let the two teams fight it out in extra time.

Buffon had said that unless Juventus won the Champions League this season, he would put away his gloves for good.

Buffon's red card could bring a bad-tempered end to a magnificent Champions League career, with the 40-year-old Italian expected to retire in the summer.

Buffon's dismissal generated a storm back home with Turin daily La Stampa lamenting "the beauty of football, and its cruelty". Bale had been handed his first Champions League start since September by Zidane but the Welshman was hauled off at half-time, with his team 2-0 down. This time it was substitute Stephan Lichtsteiner, on for Mattia De Sciglio, who was given too much space by Marcelo to cross.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the penalty call that paved the way for Juve's elimination was "very dubious". The verbal outburst would probably have been lost in the moment, but laying hands on an official is taboo and required him to be shown a straight red card.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, though, was keen to draw a line under the incident with his side four points clear in Serie A with seven games remaining. His farewell game will take place at San Siro, where he spent the bulk of his career with Inter Milan (1998-2001) and then AC Milan (2001-2011).