Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon insisted in a recent interview that he had no regrets about his outburst against English referee Michael Oliver during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals second leg against defending champions Real Madrid.
In the match, Juve overturned a 3-0 deficit, scoring three of their own unanswered goals, only for Oliver to award Real Madrid an injury-time penalty.
Oliver was subjected to a tirade of abuse from the Italian legend following his controversial decision, with Buffon afterwards claiming the referee had a "bag of rubbish for a heart".
Former Juve captain Del Piero has since been criticised by fans of the Serie A champions and the 43-year-old used Twitter to hit back.
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"Of course I have objectives, but there are no certainties", he said on the topic of retirement. I had to let that out, even if it damaged my reputation'.
Cristiano Ronaldo slotted in the hosts who lost 3-1 on the night, but advanced to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.
The goalkeeper also admitted his emotions were still raw after the game when he issued his criticism of Oliver, but he said he didn't hold a grudge against the 33-year-old, instead blaming a lack of experience.
"I am sorry", Ronaldo said to Buffon (translated from Spanish), as reported by realtotal.
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"I'm sure Oliver will have a great career in future, but he's too young to officiate a match like that". I need to search deep within myself and work out how I feel.
'Before being a Juventino, I am an Italian, and I really cared about Italian football doing well. I got emotional. It was just priceless.
He added: "To be honest I think it is disgraceful, upsetting and deceptive".
"If you can't handle the pressure and have the courage to make a decision, then you should just sit in the stands and eat your crisps".
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In a game like that, 20 seconds from the end, a dubious situation is not going to be enough for an experienced referee to transform everything. But it was cruelly taken away amid the ambiguity of Oliver's late decision.