It is the ending no one wanted for Gigi Buffon, but it is the one we must live with. In, what could be, Buffon’s last Champion’s League game, he is sent off in an unprofessional manner. In the 93rd minute in a tied game between Real Madrid and Juventus, Benatia gave up a penalty. There is really no debate about this call. Benatia absolutely fouled Lucas Vazquez. Like the commentator said during the game, a soft penalty is still a penalty. What transpired afterwards will haunt Buffon for the rest of his life, because this may be his last game in this competition. When the penalty was called, Buffon proceeded to get in the ref’s face and scream at him. Since he was acting like a child and being disrespectful, the ref sent him off. The ref had every right to send off Buffon. Trust me, I understand the amount of effort and heart that Buffon and Juventus play with. When that game was 3-0, it looked like Buffon was not going to let anything passed him. However, this is not an excuse to do what he did. Buffon is one of the greatest and classiest players to ever play the beautiful game. It would be a real shame if this event tarnishes any of that.
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