Referee Michael Oliver was confronted by Gianluigi Buffon and Juventus players after awarding Real Madrid a late penalty in the Champions League
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English ref’s wife Lucy has also received threatening texts following the Real Madrid vs. Juventus clash last week
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 8:26am
A week after Michael Oliver broke Juventus hearts and sent off Gianluigi Buffon in their dramatic Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid tempers are still running high in Turin.
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Consequently Uefa has issued a statement defending the Premier League referee and his wife Lucy, and urging the authorities to act.
Mrs Oliver is a Women’s Super League referee, who also officiates men’s non-league football, and according to BBC Sport she has “received threatening texts after her mobile number was posted on social media following the game”.
The match ended in extraordinary fashion with Michael Oliver awarding Real Madrid a stoppage-time penalty after Lucas Vazquez was fouled by Juventus’s Medhi Benatia. In the ensuing protest from the Juventus players, Buffon lost control of himself, unleashing a tirade against Oliver that led to his red card.
The veteran Italian goalkeeper continued his abuse in the post-match press conference, saying of the Englishman: “To award such a doubtful, or super doubtful penalty, just ahead of the final whistle and destroy the work of a team who gave absolutely everything, you have to have a trash bin instead of your heart.”
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