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Lippi: Nothing can tarnish Buffon as a player or a man

The goalkeeper’s reputation remains intact despite his red card against Real Madrid, according to Marcello Lippi.

The pair won a World Cup together.
The pair won a World Cup together.
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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 La Liga 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 said.

“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.

Juventus are still on pace to win Serie A, with the side holding a six-point lead on second-placed Napoli.

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