Thursday April 12 2018
Tacconi: ‘I’d have punched him!’

Former Juventus goalkeeper Stefano Tacconi launches an extraordinary attack on Michael Oliver - ‘if I was Gigi Buffon, I’d have punched his face in…’

Buffon was sent-off in injury time of last night’s win over Real Madrid, having protested a little too vehemently about a penalty awarded by the referee.

Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to score and knock the Bianconeri out of the Champions League, and one of Gigi’s predecessors in the Juve goal has some harsh words.

“Knowing I was going to stop, I’d have punched his face in,” Tacconi, who played over 200 games for the Old Lady, told RMC Sport.

“It would have been a great end to a wonderful career. You can’t give a penalty like that in the 95th-minute. Psychologically everyone is tense and you can’t give a penalty like that.”

While it may seem as though Tacconi was joking, he also had some extraordinary words on referee designator Pierluigi Collina.

“Collina is in bad faith, there was a referee who was corruptible, just as he was against Juventus in Perugia. He’s in bad faith and you have to change the referee designator every two or three years.

“When Roma won all the Italian teams congratulated them, when Juve lose everyone is against them and I’m disappointed by that.”

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