Goalkeeping great Gianluigi Buffon has been charged by UEFA following his red card and bust-up during Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid last month.
Juve were on the cusp of a miraculous comeback having cancelled out Madrid’s 3-0 lead from the first leg in Turin, but referee Michael Oliver awarded a penalty in stoppage after Medhi Benatia was adjudged to have fouled Lucas Vazquez.
Buffon’s aggressive and prolonged protests earned him a red card from the English official and the former Italy captain did not let up after the match.
“Clearly you cannot have a heart in your chest, but a trash can,” he said in continuation of a tirade against Oliver.
“On top of that, if you don’t have the character to walk on a pitch like this in a stadium like this, you can sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, drinking your Sprite and eating crisps.”
UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will hear Buffon’s case on May 31, when a punishment for his red card will be decided and a charge in line with the “general principles of conduct” of European football’s governing body will be assessed.
The legendary goalie has captained Juve to Coppa Italia glory this season and Massimiliano Allegri’s side are poised to add a seventh consecutive Serie A title this weekend.
Buffon, 40, had announced his retirement at the end of this season following Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, but he featured in Italy’s March friendly against Argentina.