Buffon to quit Juventus, apologises to referee Oliver

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 17/05/2018

Juventus boss Gianluigi Buffon who on Thursday announced he will play his final game for Juve on Saturday has apologised to referee Michael Oliver for his behaviour during and after the Old Lady's dramatic Champions League clash at Real Madrid last month.

Buffon is facing a Uefa ban after he launched a verbal attack against English referee Oliver, who sent him off during the Champions League quarter-final defeat by Real Madrid last month at the Bernabeu.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, the 40-yeal old goalie said he was 'sorry for offending the referee'.

"If I saw the referee again, I would give him a hug and say that he should have taken more time with that decision.

"With the feelings, emotions and disappointment of the situation, I behaved in a way that was not usual for me. After that match, I went beyond the limits with the things I said about the referee and I apologise for that." Buffon said as quoted by BBC Sports

Oliver and his wife Lucy were offered police support in the wake of the incident, after both were targeted by social media trolls. UEFA will deal with Buffon's case on May 31.

Buffon, who joined Juventus from Parma in 2001, has ruled out joining another Italian club, saying he does not want to play in a "minor league" and could take a six-month sabbatical.