Thursday April 11 2013
Beckenbauer makes Buffon U-turn

Franz Beckenbauer insists he was wrong to describe JuventusGigi Buffon as a pensioner. “He’s still one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”

The German legend criticised the 35-year-old after his showing in the Champions League first leg defeat at Bayern Munich.

However, the Honorary Bayern President has now admitted that he should not have said what he did about the Italian international.

“I retract my words,” Beckenbauer stated after last night’s second leg tie which also ended 2-0 in his club’s favour.

“When you are live on television then you can say foolish things. But I was just referring to the two goals that he conceded in Munich, especially the first, and not his career.

“I tried to be ironic, saying that Alaba shot from 120 metres away, but the joke was not understood. Unfortunately you can’t cancel out words spoken on television.

“Buffon is no longer a kid, but he remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”

Buffon last night insisted that he wasn’t particularly bothered by Beckenbauer’s criticism. “My father was harsher,” he smiled.

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