UEFA charges Buffon for abusing Madrid-Juventus referee


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NYON, Switzerland: Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been charged by UEFA after aggressive behavior toward the referee during his team’s Champions League elimination by Real Madrid.

UEFA says the case against Buffon relates to “general principles of conduct” and his red card for confronting the referee after Madrid was awarded a decisive stoppage-time penalty.

UEFA’s disciplinary panel will judge the case on May 31.

The teams were heading for extra time in a quarterfinal, second leg game in Madrid when English referee Michael Oliver ruled that Juventus defender Medhi Benatia fouled Lucas Vazquez in the goalmouth.

Buffon verbally and physically confronted Oliver. He was sent off before Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot to send Madrid through 4-3 on aggregate.

In post-match interviews, the 40-year-old Italian great criticized Oliver and questioned his ability.—AP