Medhi Benatia has blasted Michael Oliver for crushing Juventus’ Champions League dreams with a controversial penalty call, with the Morocco international declaring himself “more and more disgusted with the world of football”.
Deep into stoppage-time time during a quarter-final clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday, the 30-year-old was adjudged to have pushed Lucas Vazquez to the turf inside the box.
Benatia maintains that he did nothing wrong – having presented Cristiano Ronaldo with the opportunity to edge Real through 4-3 on aggregate after an epic two-legged contest – and has slammed those responsible for what he considers to be a sporting miscarriage of justice.
“I’ve seen it in the match, I’ve seen it on the TV, you can’t whistle for a foul on this kind of action,” Benatia fumed to beIN Sports France.
“When you put in that much effort, against a great team like this, you can’t have a referee whistling for a penalty like that in the 93rd-minute, because honestly this is a game which should have ended in extra-time.
“I’m proud of my team, but I’m more and more disgusted by the world of football.
"What I say might seem harsh, but when you make an effort like that you can't afford to have the referee give a penalty kick in the 93rd minute and crush the hopes of the people. There's some work behind all that.
“If I’d made a clear foul I’d have said it honestly: ‘I touched him, but otherwise he’d have scored into an empty goal’. But that’s not the case!
“I did everything I could not to touch him, but at the end of the day football is still a contact sport. So it’s possible my right thigh touched him, but I didn’t shove him or anything.
“There it is, it’s bad, it’s bad. We’re disgusted, but that’s life, that’s football.”