When it was announced recently that Britain had no referees going to the World Cup, there was widespread surprise.
After the final whistle, Buffon's carefully-curated "elder statesman" aura was allowed to slip further as the irate Juve captain embarked upon a sensational rant in which he branded Oliver a "garbage can" of a referee.
Juventus had clawed their way back into the tie and were 3-0 up against their Spanish counterparts.
The Serie A giants had fought their way back from a 3-0 deficit to pull level, but with extra-time looming Cristiano Ronaldo managed to clinch a insane win via the penalty spot.
"It was certainly a dubious incident".
An iconic goalkeeper of the modern was dismissed in controversial fashion as the closing stages of the Bianconeri's Champions League quarter-final clash with Real Madrid descended into chaos.
"And a dubious incident at the 93rd minute when we had a clear penalty denied [for a challenge on Juan Cuadrado] in the first leg, you can not award that at this point".
The team gave its all, but a human being can not destroy dreams like that.
"When Gigi spoke about the referee I couldn't understand him, honestly", Del Piero told Sky Sport Italia. If you don't have personality, you better watch the game from the stands with your wife and your kids while eating chips.
The defending champions outfit have made it through to Champions League semi finals for the eight straight time and are hoping to win the tournament in their third successive year.
"For some reason, the vanity of the refereeing designator [UEFA's Pierluigi Collina] is trying to scientifically prove he is unbiased and keeps assigning referees who are against Italian clubs". "Buffon sent off? The referee didn't know how to handle the situation".
If you fast forward to around 2 minutes 30 seconds in the following clip, you can see Costa entering the huddle and seconds later, the referee pulled out the red from his back pocket. Let us know in the comments section below. "I've had many reasons to, but I never get involved", said the Frenchman.
"I just told him [Oliver] that it wasn't a clear penalty", Allegri said.