Cristiano Ronaldo consoled Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the mixed zone

Lawrence Cooper
April 17, 2018

Chiellini's remarks come after Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for throwing himself at referee Oliver after Madrid were awarded an injury-time penalty, which ultimately put Juve's comeback in vein and sent Los Blancos into the Champions League semi-finals.

"But those who insinuated - maybe by only reporting part of what I said - that I am going against Gigi, in bad faith or even happy that Juve were eliminated, is hurting me". BBC Sport understands Oliver's wife Lucy - a Women's Super League referee who also officiates men's non-league football - had her mobile number posted on social media after the game, which led to the abusive texts.

Buffon added: 'A referee with more experience would not have blown his whistle and decided not to become the protagonist of the match.

It was the correct decision, but the Juventus players lost all composure and began aggressively protesting the call.

Juve had battled back from the 3-0 first leg loss to be level at 3-3 and heading for extra time when Benatia made the error that handed Ronaldo the chance from 12 yards out, and he needed no second invitation blasting the ball into the top corner.

"I believe that in a few days he will say different things about the referee from what he said (on Wednesday night)".

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"Our victory combined with that of Roma [who beat Barcelona 3-0 the night before to wipe out a 4-1 first leg aggregate result] would've been just incredible".

'And a dubious incident at the 93rd minute when we had a clear penalty denied [for a challenge on Juan Cuadrado] in the first leg, you can not award that at this point.

He said: "The team gave its all but a human being can not destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation".

Speaking on Saturday, he said he had been defending "my team-mates and fans, even in a not very composed fashion". The 33-year-old official's family have endured serious abuse since the incident.

"Right there, you can not ask a man who lives sport as deeply as I do to be balanced, because even if I expressed these feelings in an exaggerated way, they were still logical thoughts".

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