14 May

Real Madrid-Real Sociedad The disorder could to the epic

first_imgFrom the goal the Cup returned, with a more active Madrid, on the back of Vinicius, an essential figure. There is no deeper player in the squad. He repeated again and again without anyone accompanying his arrivals. Valverde, Ramos and Marcelo were also close to the goal. In return, Zidane’s team seemed as long as the worst day, with the trio upstairs lazy in the fold. That opened a highway to the Real in the backlash.Ramos took all the offensive licenses and Marcelo delivered too far back. He has lost the angel. Casemiro’s absence enlarged one and the other. And then Isak appeared, who studies for Ibrahimovic and progresses properly. In eleven minutes he scored three goals, the first invalidated by the VAR and the other two valid. Big striker, volley goals (after great play by Barrenetxea, far superior to Januzaj) and right-handed to the squad.A 0-3 like that kills anyone, but nobody like Madrid has come out alive from lunges like that. A quick goal from Marcelo, in clear error of Remiro, surpassed by his stick, put him back in the game. To the team and the public, for whom the epic is adrenaline. It lasted ten minutes. What it took to leave at the fingertips of the squad a shot of Vinicius, the most involved in the cause, and in shooting Merino to Areola in sending of Isak, the almighty of the party.The case was seen, but there is no competition with more progress than the Cup or player with more faith than Vinicius. They annulled a goal and gave another to Rodrygo, in a Bernabéu that flew from resignation to illusion. In the discount, Nacho minimized the white handicap. Of that Real daring of the beginning there was hardly anything left. Imanol had been collecting candles with the changes and managing time. The one that has run out of Madrid in this Cup. Zidane had rebuilt Madrid from back to front, shrinking the team, making him defensively responsible, inventing Valverde, raising Casemiro to the generalate. And suddenly, in the Cup, his damn competition, the worst of the past appeared to him: a gurpolargo, untied back, without order or concert, with Marcelo and Ramos in their worst versions. That, before a team from head to toe like the Real, did not slip, despite the heroic final onslaught. From the Bernabéu came out reinforced Odegaard and decorated Isak. Vinicius, again in highs, was no consolation.Zidane has mutated the traditional alignment of convenience in alignment of coexistence, which leaves the present outdoors to make the future better. It is in danger. He has used the Cup to keep Marcelo and James alive, players of great past and little future, so he can arrive; so that Areola remains in a state of alertness, although what he alerted this time was his presence; for Modric, Casemiro and someone else to cure fatigue and stress, common occupational diseases football; and for some to complete the master. Vinicius and Brahim, fundamentally. The Malaga is a player of craftsmanship and also of immediate uncertain future because it lacks continuity. Bale, suspected of severe escaping in the eyes of the public, now looks out of that coffee for everyone. It will be difficult to mend that emotional gap.So that hybrid team, mixed holders and substitutes, with more silk than corduroy, crashed into a very recognizable Real that only kept Portu, the top player of his squad in the sum of goals and assists. But the Imanol team is excellent in both areas and its average age provides a very long journey.In the white memory was that first swampy part against Atlético with five midfielders. So Zidane widened the field with Vinicius, his foreign affairs ministry, and placed Brahim as the third medium, behind James. It was an acceptance of the asymmetry with two half-pointers with more style than work and greater exposure to danger before a team of ammunition left over. That did not work out. Brahim played little as a team. James is on the verge of total disconnection, although he left a great shot that Remiro guessed.At the start, in any case, he lacked the cupper outburst. Madrid arrived with objections, without going straight to the point, and Real followed it, with soccer content and waiting for the error of others. He found it soon, halfway through the first part. Areola was wrong twice, first by rejecting badly a distant shot from Isak and then swallowing the satin and centered shot of Odegaard, who was on the rebound. The ball entered passed between his legs, a gesture that always snubes a goalie. The Norwegian complied with the code of good conduct of the loan and did not celebrate it. Feel close your return.last_img read more

18 Jan

Quicker bigs doomed PH

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gilas is now faced with three must-win games to steady its shaky bid for a berth in the World Cup set in China next year, and that task starts on Monday, also at Mall of Asia Arena, when the Filipinos host Iran at 7:30 p.m.The next two games will be against the Qataris in Qatar and versus the Kazakhs, also on the road, happening Feb. 21 and 24, respectively, next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLosing to the Kazakhs dropped the Filipinos into a tie with Japan at 5-4 for third spot in their group.But the Japanese have been a rejuvenated lot owing to the presence of Rui Hachimura and naturalized center Nick Fazekas—both of whom weren’t there when Gilas beat the Japanese twice earlier. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Against Iran, coach Yeng Guiao will make the adjustments in an effort to address the lack of mobility of the Gilas frontcourt by tapping Christian Standhardinger as his naturalized player in lieu of Stanley Pringle.Iran is expected to miss big man Hamed Haddadi due to an injury, a welcome development for the win-hungry Filipinos.“We were mismatched in terms of quickness, especially on our big men,” Guiao had said Friday night after the defeat, where the 7-foot Greg Slaughter played less than five minutes and wound up scoreless with just a rebound and a turnover.A loss to the Iranians would knock the Filipinos out of a third place tie with the Japanese, which would be critical since only the top three teams from each group—and then the best fourth-placed team from both brackets—will advance to the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTeam Philippines’ age-old weakness came to haunt the Filipinos in their Fiba World Cup qualifying game against Kazakhstan on Friday night, and because of a 92-88 loss in their own turf where the theme of the tournament is to protect one’s house, the path to the global meet next year has just gotten bumpier.Alexandr Zhigulin, a 6-foot-10 center with the hands of a shooting guard, and the other big men of Kazakhstan baffled their Filipino counterparts all night, and, coupled with deadly shooting from three-point range, the Kazakhs posted one of the bigger upsets in Group F play that pushed the Filipinos hard to the wall.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Petron dismisses Smart challenge, sweeps All-Filipino first round Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

17 Jan

Kudos to the Sexual Offences Court

first_imgDear Editor,The Caribbean Voice is thrilled at the work the Sexual Offences Court has been doing and we laud the expected move to have this court also set up in Berbice and Demerara, as many have been calling for. We are especially pleased that sentences handed down hover around the maximum rather than the minimum and we hope that this would be the permanent standard.We expect that the court is, or soon will be, informed by the recently launched Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region created by the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project in the Caribbean, an initiative of the Canadian Government, in collaboration with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). And we strongly suggest this court urgently consider adding domestic violence to its portfolio? Also, we urge the Government to set up a similar special court for child abuse. As well, a mobile court is urgently needed for the hinterland, given the problems of distance and transportation. Such a court should combine the roles of the sexual offences and child abuse courts.Finally, we hope that these courts would consider counselling for victims as part of their mandate.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

12 Jan

Greenidge to head Guyanese delegation to India

first_imgA Guyanese ministerial delegation will be visiting India next week to attend several high-level meetings.The delegation will be led by Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, and includes Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman. During the State visit, which is scheduled for January 29 to February 3, they will be attending the Guyana-India Joint Commission and the Inter-Ministerial Consultations.The visit will provide an opportunity for the two States to further enhance relations through an exchange of political dialogue as well as for the fostering of economicVice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidgeand cultural cooperation.The Joint Commission facilitates talks between the two countries on all aspects of bilateral relations while the Inter-Ministerial Consultations allow for dialogue in areas of common interest at both the regional and global levels.“Since the independence of Guyana in 1966 and the immediate establishment of political and diplomatic relations with India, our mutual relationship has been strong. Our ongoing social and cultural cooperation is a reflection of this close link,” stated Minister Greenidge.“The visit is intended to set a policy framework for medium to long term cooperation,” he added.While in India, the Foreign Minister is also expected to sign and ratify the Framework Agreement on the establishment of the International Solar Alliance, a platform through which sun-rich countries collectively address common challenges related to the use of solar energy.This will serve to advance Guyana’s efforts to establish a “Green Economy”, including through its renewable energy sector, as well as further solidify the bond between the two countries. Also slated for signature is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the cultural exchange programme between the two Governments.Guyana and India have already collaborated on several development projects in areas such as infrastructure, energy, information and communications technology (ICT) and agriculture. Additionally, in 2016, the two States signed an MoU, which allowed for the creation of a Centre of Excellence in Information Technology.Formal diplomatic relations between Guyana and India were established on May 26, 1966.This visit of the ministerial delegation to the Asian powerhouse comes on the heels of a public exchange between Head of the local Department of Public Information (DPI), Imran Khan, and Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingham.Khan had accused the Indian mission of interfering in the country’s internal affairs and attempting to engage in destabilisation of the coalition Government. His statement was in light of the recently-concluded Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Parliamentary Conference held in New Delhi earlier this month, where a 23-member Guyanese delegation attended upon invitation of the Indian Government.The delegation, which was the largest at the conference, comprised 17 Opposition and three Government parliamentarians as well as three Mayors – all of Indian heritage.The DPI Director, in a Facebook post, asked whether the Indian High Commission deliberately invited only three Government backbenchers and specifically ignored Government Ministers of Indian heritage.In response, however, the resident Indian diplomat, who was tagged by Khan on the post, explained that the top hierarchy of both the Indian and Guyana Governments were aware that the invitations were for 23 Members of Parliament and three Mayors of Indian Origin who were not Ministers.“Hence reckless comments on such a serious issue on social media with the clear intention to mislead the general public by none other than Director of Public Information is unfortunate, irresponsible, unprofessional and to say the least, mischievous given the excellent bilateral relations being enjoyed by both India and Guyana and the ongoing friendly cooperation in various multilateral fora,” Mahalingham said in a comment on the post by the Government’s information chief.While there were several arguments pertaining to whether Khan should be asking these questions, or whether it was a direct attack on the Indian High Commissioner, several persons found it strange that Khan, a public office bearer, would raise these concerns with a foreign mission in such a forum.Meanwhile, Government had subsequently distanced itself from Khan’s comments, with Minister of State, Joseph Harmon saying that the personal view expressed by the State official did not reflect that of the coalition Government.“It does not represent the position of the Government. We have excellent relations with India and we continue to work on those relations. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement that we have with that country and we would like to work towards ensuring that it gets better,” he had said.last_img read more

12 Jan

Nabbed fugitive slapped with narcotics possession charge

first_imgThe man who was on Thursday morning apprehended by Police in an abandoned house at Yakusari, Black Bush Polder was on Monday slapped with a narcotics possession charge when he appeared at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court.The wanted fugitive, Vinod Gopaul pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him. He was remanded to prison and would make his next court appearance at the Mibicuri Court on August 21.Nabbed fugitive Vinod GopaulGopaul was wanted by the Police following the fatal shooting of three bandits on May 19, 2019, at Black Bush Polder.He was charged for several counts of armed robbery. Most of the robberies were allegedly committed in the Black Bush Polder area and on the Corentyne Coast.In June 2011, Gopaul had escaped from custody. At the time, he was serving a sentence for the 2004 murder of his father whom he shot and killed.He was also among 18 prisoners who escaped from the Camp Street Prison in 2007 and was recaptured shortly after and charged while some of the other prisoners were shot dead.Further, he escaped again in June 2011 along with notorious high seas pirate Kevin “Long Hair” Narine, Rickford Le Fleur, and Vijay Seenarine of Skeldon.Following several robberies on the Corentyne, Police ranks raided the backlands of Johanna, Black Bush Polder with the aim of capturing the wanted bandits.last_img read more

11 Jan

District might reinstate busing

first_imgEAST WHITTIER – East Whittier City School District could resume busing students to and from school, possibly as early as next month, officials said Thursday. Officials were forced to discontinue the district’s busing program several years ago in the face of funding cutbacks by the state. But the recent death of a boy while riding his bike home from his middle school prompted officials to seek out ways to provide transportation, district administrators said. Superintendent Joe Gillentine said free bus transportation to and from three middle schools will be provided from five bus stops. The selected stops will eliminate the need for students to walk or bike across busy major streets, he said. For East Whittier Middle, the bus stop would be at Danbrook Drive and Greenleaf Avenue; for Granada Middle, two stops would be at the Bright Medical parking lot and Ceres Elementary School; and for Hillview Middle, two stops would be at Tarryton Avenue and Mulberry Drive, and Calmada Avenue and Mystic Street. “I wanted to do this when I got here last year because of our unique situation,” Gillentine said, referring to the fact that the district is not eligible to receive state money for busing. “We’re just doing this minimal transportation program now. But we plan next year to have a more comprehensive transportation package,” he added. The district’s lack of busing returned to the forefront last month, after an East Whittier Middle School student was hit by a truck and killed as he rode home on his bike. “The death of the boy was shocking for everyone. But his death prompted City Council members to ask if there was anything they could do, and we said, `Yes, we’ve been working on this transportation package, and if you can come up with a way to help us, that would be great,”‘ Gillentine said. For now, the district plans to use about $60,000 of its own money to fund the busing program. However, if more parents than expected request busing for their children, the district might turn to the city for financial help, Gillentine said. City officials, meanwhile, are looking at other bus companies to see if they could provide the service cheaper than the company already identified by the district, said City Manager Steve Helvey. Strict rules on how cities can use public transportation dollars prohibit Whittier from funding a school bus program, he added. “But we’re willing to do what we can,” said Helvey. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
11 Jan

Christians worldwide mark day of sorrows

first_imgJERUSALEM – Some in agony, others in ecstasy, Christians around the world marked Good Friday with prayer, processions and pleas for peace. Thousands of pilgrims, some carrying large wooden crosses and others holding candles, wound their way through the narrow lanes of Jerusalem’s Old City, retracing the route the Bible says Jesus took on the way to his crucifixion. And in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI carried the cross at the beginning of the traditional Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum. He described the procession as, “a journey into pain, solitude and cruelty, into evil and death.” On Jerusalem’s Via Dolorosa – or Way of Sorrows – visitors from the United States, India, South Korea, the Philippines, Russia and many other countries followed the traditional route of Christ’s final walk, stopping at 14 stations, each marking an event that befell Jesus on the way to his death.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “But it will also be a path trod in faith, hope and love, because the tomb which is the final stop on our way will not remain sealed forever,” the pope said of Easter Sunday, when Jesus is believed to have risen from the dead. Benedict handed over the cross to Cardinal Camillo Ruini, his vicar for Rome. Other faithful, including a young Congolese woman and a family from Rome, took turns carrying the cross for a few steps. In Mexico City, meanwhile, more than 500,000 people turned out for the annual Passion play in the capital’s working class Iztapalapa neighborhood. Thousands participated in the procession, many lugging heavy crosses through the streets. Officials said it was the 164th year that the Passion play has been enacted in the neighborhood, although there are references to earlier performances in Mexico City going back to the 16th century. In the Mexican silver-mining town of Taxco, hooded men belonging to a Catholic brotherhood slapped their backs bloody with nail-studded whips and dragged their shackled bare feet across rough cobblestone streets. Others carried thorny blackberry branches tied across their outstretched arms. last_img read more

11 Jan

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgTuesday Music: Xtreme P Youth Forum and concert What: The city of Palmdale is hosting a free community youth forum for residents ages 13-25. Participants will be able to enjoy free pizza, a live concert by Starter Kit and the chance to win great prizes. The “Xtreme P” event is designed to provide Palmdale’s young citizens an opportunity to voice their opinions regarding their community. For more information, please call (661) 267-5115. When: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Where: Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale When: This event takes place on 5/8/2007. Meetings: Memorial events planning meeting What: The Antelope Valley Service Organization Association will meet to plan upcoming ceremonies for Memorial Day, Flag Day, POW/MIA Remembrance and Veterans Day. All Antelope Valley community service organization representatives are invited to attend to help plan these events. For more information, contact Heidi Valdez at the Palmdale Senior Center at (661) 267-5596 or hvaldez@cityofpalmdale.org. When: 6 p.m. Where: Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale Wednesday Meetings: Eye Openers Toastmasters meeting What: You can order a great breakfast and enjoy a great Toastmasters meeting. A great way to improve your speaking and listening skills as well as leadership skills. For more information, e-mail poof1967@aol.com or call (661) 948-1979. When: 7-8:30 a.m. Where: Crazy Otto’s, 1228 W. Ave I, Lancaster Clubs: Let’s Eat Out Dinner What: J & J Social and Travel Club will host a “Let’s Eat Out” dinner with an optional movie following. For reservations, call (661) 267-2586. When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, 1173 Rancho Vista Blvd., W. Palmdale Thursday Theater: Palmdale City Players showcase What: The Palmdale City Players will present their fourth annual “Spotlight Theatre” presentation, featuring student-produced one-act versions of Shakespeare’s comedies by the Youth Troupe with a matinee performance on Saturday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, military, students and youth. For more information, or to order tickets, call the box office at (661) 267-5685 or visit www.ThePalmdalePlayhouse.com. When: 7:30 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Saturday Where: The Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th Street East, Palmdale Friday Government: Peace vigil What: Join us for a candlelight peace vigil every Friday. Bring candles/flashlights/signs. We start with daylight and end without. For more information contact ejramblin@gmail.com or poof1967@aol.com When: 5-6 p.m. Where: Corner of 30th St West and Ave I, site of the future Veterans Hospital Theater: Palmdale City Players showcase What: The Palmdale City Players will present their fourth annual “Spotlight Theatre” presentation, featuring The Adult Troupe performing original comedy one-act plays and sketches on Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, military, students and youth. For more information, or to order tickets, call the box office at (661) 267-5685 or visit www.ThePalmdalePlayhouse.com. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: The Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th Street East, Palmdale Clubs: Games snack night What: J&J Social and Travel Club will have a cards, po-keno and other games at its snack night. Bring food and a beverage to share. For information, call (661) 267-2586 or (661) 723-3237. When: 7 p.m. Where: The home of Joanne Marshall, 42941 15th St., West, Unit #5, Lancaster Saturday Clubs: Italian potluck and dance What: J&J Social and Travel Club will have an Italian potluck and dance party. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert and a beverage to share. Dance music will be provided by DJ Joanne. For information, call (661) 267-2586 or (661) 945-1217. When: 7 p.m. Where: The home of Laura Anderson, 44533 Lowtree Avenue, West, Lancaster May 13 Theater: Special Mother’s Day performance at playhouse What: The Palmdale Playhouse will feature a special Mother’s Day celebration with Showstoppers, a dance troupe that includes four former members of Dean Martin’s famous “Golddiggers” singers and dancers and Dean Martin impersonator Steve Apple. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, military, students and youth. For more information, or to order tickets, contact the Palmdale Playhouse box office at (661) 267-5685 or visit www.ThePalmdalePlayhouse.com When: 2 p.m. Where: The Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th Street East, Palmdale 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sunday Religion: Deliverance and healing revival What: Lighthouse Miracle Christian Center is a place where everyone is someone and Jesus Christ is everything. Every Sunday in May we will be having a deliverance and healing revival under the leadership of Pastor Dr. C.Y. Brooks. When: 4-6 p.m. Where: 39110 10th Street East, Palmdale Theater: Travelogue Series: Canada What: The Palmdale Playhouse concludes its 2006-2007 Travelogue Series with “Canada’s National Parks.” Filmmaker Dale Johnson will take audience members on an odyssey through 21 Canadian parks and some of the most unspoiled scenery and untamed wilderness in North America. Tickets are $5 from the Palmdale Playhouse box office. When: 2 p.m. Where: The Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th Street East, Palmdale last_img read more

10 Jan

Ombek edge out Manyatta to reach Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Nyanza final

first_img0Shares0000Ombek Red Devils from Homabay County eliminated Manyatta from Kisumu to reach the Nyanza Region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom final. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKISII, Kenya, Dec 9 – Ombek Red Devils from Homa Bay will square it out with Awendo Academy in the final of the Nyanza Region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Boys category after edging out Manyatta from Kisumu 1-0 at the Gusii Stadium on Saturday.To reach the final that will be played on Sunday, Awendo beat Nyamira Super Eagles 2-0 in the first semi final. The last match of the day played under sunny conditions saw Ben Ogot send the Red Devis ahead at the quarter hour mark with a brilliant goal after weaving past two defenders to unleash a cracker in the box for the opener.The Red Devis nearly doubled the lead in the 25th minute when Davis Okoth curled in a cross to find Charlse Olunga in the right position, but the forward was denied by Manyatta keeper Byron Ochieng.Ombek will meet Awendo Academy in the final on Sunday. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONManyatta conceded a set-piece in the 33rd minute after Red Stars’ Peter Ogina was fouled at the edge of the box by Ibramim Ochieng. However, they squandered the opportunity after Lameck Ngala hit the wall.The second half belonged to Manyatta who dominated as they pilled pressure on Red Devils with their meaningful chance coming in the 60th minute. Benson Ochieng was brought down in the box by Red Devils defender Alex Ombok.Surprisingly the centre referee ruled for an indirect free-kick inside the box instead of a penalty. Geoffrey Otieno blazed over the set-piece to fade their hopes of finding an equaliser.-By Rosemary Onchari-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

10 Jan

‘Referee has garbage bag instead of heart’, rages Buffon

first_img0Shares0000Anger management: Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon argues with the referee after the injury time penalty decision © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Apr 12 – Gianluigi Buffon told English referee Michael Oliver he “has no heart” and should have been watching Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid in the stands “with his wife and a Sprite”.Oliver awarded Real a penalty in the 93rd minute at the Santiago Bernabeu, after Juve defender Mehdi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez with a clumsy challenge from behind. Buffon was then sent off for his protests and Cristiano Ronaldo scored the resulting spot-kick to drag Real through to the semi-finals with a dramatic 4-3 aggregate win.“This referee has no heart, he has a garbage bag instead of a heart” Buffon told Italian channel Mediaset Premium after the second leg tie which his team had won 3-1.“If you do not have personality and courage, you should go to the stands to watch the match with your wife and with a Sprite.”Real looked like they would cruise into the semis following last week’s 3-0 victory in Turin but Mario Mandzukic gave Juve hope with two first-half headers before Blaise Matuidi levelled the tie after a mistake from goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Buffon’s red card could bring a bad-tempered end to a magnificent Champions League career, with the 40-year-old Italian expected to retire in the summer.“The referee blew for a foul that only he saw,” Buffon told beIN Sports. “Above all, for great matches at European level, we need big players, coaches, supporters and referees.“There must be some sensitivity to understanding the importance of some moments and if you do not have this sensitivity to what’s going on in the game, you’re not worthy of being on the pitch.“In this case, he should be in the stands with his parents, with his friends, with fries and coca-cola, and watch the game. You cannot do something like that.”Benatia, who later likened the penalty award to being “raped”, claimed he made little contact with Vazquez and believes Real too often enjoy the rub of the green on decisions.“Honestly I’ve seen and played in matches — you can never whistle for a penalty like that in the 93rd minute,” Benatia said.“If there is contact it is with my thigh and that is part of football. There is never the intention to foul him or to push him.”Benatia added: “Last year they screwed Bayern Munich on two or three goals that were offside if I’m not mistaken.“It’s always the same story that repeats itself. It’s a very big team Real, it’s not for nothing that they have won so much, I don’t think they need any extra help.“Everyone knows that this match had to go into extra-time and the best team would have won.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more