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Gianluigi Buffon charged over Michael Oliver comments

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been charged by Uefa over comments about referee Michael Oliver after their Champions League defeat by Real Madrid.

Buffon, 40, was dismissed for his angry protests which followed the penalty decision and bitterly criticised referee Michael Oliver, saying the English official was out of his depth and had a “garbage bin” instead of a heart.

Uefa says the 40-year-old Italy goalkeeper has been charged with breaching its “general principles of conduct” after his outburst against the English referee.

European football’s governing body, which also charged Buffon for the red card, said in a statement the case will be dealt with on 31 May.

Referee Oliver and wife Lucy were offered police support after both were targeted on social media following the incident, with police also investigating threatening text messages.

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