Wednesday February 29 2012
Buffon neither a liar nor a cheat

Gigi Buffon’s comments over Sulley Muntari’s ghost goal kicked off a ferocious debate. Serafino Ingardia absolves the Bianconeri No 1 for the latest false-step in his career.

“I have to be honest, it was all moving so quickly that I didn’t realise the ball had crossed the line. Mind you, even if I had realised, I certainly wouldn’t have told the referee!” Gianluigi Buffon probably didn’t expect his post-match comments to be taken so seriously after the most controversial of clashes between Milan and Juventus. But unfortunately, his words ended up being as divisive as the game itself.

Known in the sport for his honesty and cheerful spirit, the light hearted Juventus goalkeeper once again proved to be a danger in the mixed zone. While not being malicious, a legend of Italian football could have expressed himself in better terms as calcio fans were understandably hoping to hear different words.

Buffon certainly has a reputation for being ‘politically incorrect’. Looking at his career, he has been constantly criticised for comments and actions which have been far from the ones of a role model. But while being no saint, his genuine personality has never been doubted.

Whereas it is hard to find a journalist or a fan naïve enough to believe that the majority of Buffon’s colleagues would have done the contrary of what he said, there is also a clear feeling that the goalkeeper would have been better off not sharing his feelings.

Buffon clearly has a tendency for contradictions. Only two weeks ago, following the Juventus-Siena game, the Bianconeri goalkeeper told RaiSport: “If the referee comes to me asking if a corner should be given or not and then does the contrary of what I say, he is not serious enough so next time he encourages me to cheat. I wouldn’t lose my honour over a corner kick – against Udinese the referee asked me the same thing and I told him there was a corner for our opponents.”

Some may assume that Buffon is willing to confess the truth over a corner kick, but wouldn’t do the same if it was a goal like the one against Milan. And in a way, comparing views, it is exactly what the goalkeeper said.

Still, after his Milan-Juve comments, he is determined to stand strong by his point of view. “I would repeat my words again. If I had understood that the ball was over the line then I wouldn’t have said anything. I wouldn’t have buried my team. My conscience is clear. After all, I have set a good example on many other occasions.”

While extreme detractors have gone as far as saying that Cesare Prandelli should strip Buffon of the Italy captaincy, it seems pretty clear that Buffon’s comments were just the latest false step from a ‘keeper who is excellent between the posts but needs some guidance in the media environment.

In the words of a great Juventino such as Michel Platini: “Buffon has gone too far with his words and between Turin and Milan there should not be war. If the referee had asked him and he had said ‘no’, then that would have figured him to be a liar.”

In a way, it is undeniable that Buffon missed a chance to make a special act of good sportsmanship. Like Paolo Di Canio in the Premier League, he could have entered into the fair-play elite.But there is also an undeniable truth – Buffon is neither a liar nor a cheat. Honesty, on this occasion, simply dealt him the wrong cards.

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Have your say...
It pains me when people keep hating on Juve.
on the 23rd December, 2014 at 9:56am
I agree with Alex I blame the linesman, because of you look properly the referee pointed at the goal meaning it's a goal but! wen he saw the lines man he dint mention anything. FORZA MILAN!!!!
on the 4th March, 2012 at 12:01am
Im currently watching Juventus play against Chievo.. So boring, kudos to Juve for being unbeaten this season but compared to AC game against Palermo, its like watching my grandma eat on a Sunday. Scudetto is ours.

Forza Milano
on the 3rd March, 2012 at 10:03pm
it's not buffons fault muntari goal disallowed
on the 2nd March, 2012 at 12:22am
I can't believe Platini has the nerve to say Buffon should have notified the refs it was a goal... Thierry Henry should have done the same when he basketball dribbled the ball into the net against Ireland to qualify France for the 2010 World Cup then? What is your stance on that goal Mr. Platini?

Buffon is stateing that is it not his job to determine if goals are is the refs job. What is wrong with saying this? He will not notify the ref of a goal and he shouldn't have to..
on the 1st March, 2012 at 5:56pm
@ Whattttt

Hmmmm... what are you talking about?
on the 1st March, 2012 at 2:57pm
Acid Truth watch the highlight not the picture. Ur comment shows u have no clue what happen. After saving mexes's shot he immediatedly made this save he didnt have time to see/was not bothered to see where was the line just get to the ball.
on the 1st March, 2012 at 2:03pm
Guys read the article!
The whole point is not if Juve would have come back or not from 2-0, is not about Matri's goal IS ABOUT BUFFON'S ETHICS, sure, no other goalkeeper would have go the ref and admit it was a goal, but for Buffon to say "it was all moving so quickly that I didn’t realise the ball had crossed the line" is a JOKE, just watch the photograph and stop making a fool of yourselves.
on the 1st March, 2012 at 11:54am
Please read Buffon's comment carefully before passing judgements. He said he "didn't realise the ball crossed the line" therefore he was unaware of it until the game was over.

Remember the 2006 world cup final ? Zidane's penalty ? ball crossed the line & he wasn't aware of it. Same situation here.
on the 1st March, 2012 at 11:14am
Milan should deal with it. they cheat more than any italian team. juve bounced back from calciopoli while milan only got a scratch. show juve some respect and leave buffon to his honest opinion. the league is still open. we also had a goal disallowed. forza juve. from nigeria!
on the 1st March, 2012 at 7:29am
First the blames is on the linesman. He saw the ball have crossed the line clearly, you can see it from a photo everywhere in internet, but he did nothing. Second Buffon made things worse with his words. he should never commented like that in front of the media. He just made himself stupid by telling that he didn't know whether the ball has crossed the line or not. It is impossible for a goalkeeper with qualification like Buffon that he didn't know the where the goal line is !
on the 1st March, 2012 at 6:55am
Its a really dumb arguement. How can anyone bad mouth buffon? im a roma fan and think all this sooking from Milan is just showing that they are scared of Juventus taking the scudetto. I believe Milan will still pull through & win it but they are showing signs of weakness and stupidity. Not only did Matri have a goal disallowed, but Mexes should have been sent off with the whole 2nd half still to play. Also did they forget robinho scoring with his hand and celebrating last year?
on the 1st March, 2012 at 12:46am
This goes out to all you Ac milan fans, I admit the goal was okay, but it was disallowed to get over it, No one talks about Matri's offside goal being disallow when he was oneside, yous were lucky it didn't count, and a tell yous this, if that goal stood juve would have went on and won the game, Ac milan fell apart after matri's first goal, it was a fair result in the end, we are still the ONLY undefeated team in Europe, Vinci Per Noi Magaica Juventus!
on the 29th February, 2012 at 11:22pm
Buffon admitted he is both a liar and a cheat, that's why he fits into the Juventus culture so well :)
on the 29th February, 2012 at 10:35pm
People are hypocrits. When Sergio Busquets and other wimpy girls dive in order to have the other player sent off are they not equally as bad? When a player handballs the ball in the box how many times do u see his teammates running to the referee to say "ref its the oppositions penalty", especially when that other team is your rival. This debate is so stupid, Buffon is right and everyone knows it but they have to promote political correctness in order to set an example to the youth.
on the 29th February, 2012 at 8:43pm

on the 29th February, 2012 at 8:41pm
when i play football with my mates and it is a tight game your damn right i would contest an obvious goal if i could. Any idiot who would betray his team in order to "look good" is pathetic. A natural charcterisitc in life is that we protect the things we love whetehr material or physical. 
on the 29th February, 2012 at 8:40pm
@ Marc F :

Ref saved juve's butt ? are you serious ? Milan was lucky enough that Mexes didn't get a red card.

All milan fans thought that leading 2-0 would have been a winner. LOL, go see your previous history leading 3-0 vs Liverpool Final UCL and then what ?

Juve also had A GOAL disallowed !

"when ref against you ! now who's complaining ???? " HAHAHAHHAHA

GO CRY SOMEWHERE !!! oh and yeah we beat you TWICE already !
on the 29th February, 2012 at 8:34pm
Who cares. People who can't take a joke are stupid
on the 29th February, 2012 at 7:42pm
Mustafa, I believe it was you who said Juve were going to embarass Milan last week was it not? Guess that linesman saved your butt. Oh wait he didn't because you were still wrong!
on the 29th February, 2012 at 7:25pm
Sadia, i agree with you, but being undefeated doesnt mean you should be entirely happy, i mean after all, Juventus should be at the top by at least 5 points if it wasnt for stupid home draws against the smaller teams

but hey on the plus side, nice seeing a muslim girl posting on here!! haha
on the 29th February, 2012 at 7:13pm
are you guys serious, no way is anyone going to admit theyve done anything. everyone forget it and carry on!!!!!!!!!!!!

if it doesnt help the team your being paid by why should they and why would they be honest.
on the 29th February, 2012 at 7:11pm
on the 29th February, 2012 at 6:00pm
Napoli Fan has spoken and should be listened to.Buffon simply gave an honest response to a you truly believe Baresi or Maldini would have acted differently against Milan interests?The main problem for Milan is that the aforementioned have been replaced by inferiors such as Mexes and Muntari.It is however fair to say we no longer have Thuram or Cannavaro our inferior product is Bonnuci.
on the 29th February, 2012 at 5:57pm
" But there is also an undeniable truth – Buffon is neither a liar nor a cheat "

You have said it all.

Juve is back !
on the 29th February, 2012 at 5:36pm
People... Really? You ever hear the expression A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words? Just take a look at the picture atop the page. People saying this was human error are nuts. Look where the linesman's feet are. NO WAY he doesn't see it. Buffon saying he couldn't tell. Look where he's grabbing the ball. This has become a joke for sure. That pic kills off any debate. It's more than a smoking gun lol. Seriously!
on the 29th February, 2012 at 5:26pm
currently enjoying how backward football is that this continues to be the story - and few column inches are given to the violent conduct of Milan players. Why are they getting such a pass in the media? With Ibra its all about the ban rather than what he did - have you seen the Muntari footage, how he isn't banned i don't know...
on the 29th February, 2012 at 4:33pm
Maybe he should have kept quiet on this occasion simply because of all the other drama, but i have always admired his honesty which there is far too little of in football. It's similar to the Suarez handball in the WC QF, anyone who says they wouldn't do the same is either a liar or a fool.
If Buffon had been honest and Juve went on to lose the match I would have been absolutely livid. I didn't see Mexes run over and tell the ref he just belted Borriello in the kidneys, nor would i expect him to
on the 29th February, 2012 at 3:48pm
Daniele De Rossi admitted that he score a crucial goal with his hand. Why can't Buffon do the same. So i guess he is not an ethical player.

Forza Roma
on the 29th February, 2012 at 3:25pm
Juventus fans are going on about how it may have been 2-2 or even 2-3 had the goal been allowed. I won't speculate. But one thing is for sure. Juventus matches will be scrutinized even more closely than ever from now on. The calls will not be in their favor because of this lousy linesman's mistake, and no amount of complaining will do them any good because referees will just point to this sole incident and say "you got lucky there, we won't favor you anymore". I fear for Juventus' future matches
on the 29th February, 2012 at 3:22pm

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