Nothing can tarnish Buffon's career – Lippi

18 April 2018

Former Italy and Juventus coach Marcello Lippi believes nothing can tarnish Gianluigi Buffon`s career despite the goalkeeper`s red card against Real Madrid.

Buffon was sent off late in Juve`s Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Madrid after angrily confronting referee Michael Oliver over a spot-kick awarded to the LaLiga giants.

The 40-year-old slammed Oliver in an emotional outburst post-match, leading to criticism of the shot-stopper.

But Lippi said Buffon`s reputation remained intact, while insisting Oliver got the decision wrong.

There is nothing that can tarnish Gianluigi Buffon`s splendid career at all, either as a player or a man, he told Omnisport.

Nobody could expect such a game.The same goes for Roma [against Barcelona], to be honest. But Juve and Roma were exceptional.

For Juventus, there was only an incorrect decision by the referee, who is very good, but in my opinion made a mistake in that case, and destroyed a fantastic Juventus performance.

While Juve bowed out after the late drama, Roma reached the semi-finals following an incredible comeback against Barcelona.

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