Buf­fon should watch his mouth: Ital­ian refs’ boss

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Ital­ian ref­er­ees’ chief Mar­cello Nic­chi said yes­ter­day 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 Span­ish side into the semi-fi­nals.

The 40-year-old 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 would have de­fended the ref­eree. They can’t be threat­ened ei­ther be­fore, dur­ing, or af­ter the game.” – AFP

PHOTO: EPA

Gian­luigi Buf­fon.

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