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Beckenbauer apologises to Buffon

6 April 2013 11:45

Bayern Munich icon Franz Beckenbauer has apologised for calling Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon a pensioner.

Beckenbauer criticised the Italy international after he failed to save David Alaba's long-range strike early in Juventus' 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.

While insisting he did not intend to insult the Italy veteran, he believes his performance was well below par.

"I am sorry if I have offended Buffon by using the word 'pensioner'. That was never my intention," Beckenbauer told Bild.

"But I still feel that Buffon should have done better with the 1-0 as well as the 2-0, when he failed to hold onto the ball."

Buffon will be desperate to prove his critics wrong in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final in Turin on Wednesday.

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