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By Chineze Ogugua

UEFA has condemned the online abuse being received by Michael Oliver and his wife after the English referee awarded a stoppage-time penalty to Real Madrid against Juventus in their Champions League quarter-final, second leg last week.

Michael Oliver

Buffon had ranted at the referee over the penalty which led to him receiving a red card. Cristiano Ronaldo converted the spot kick to make it 3-1 and send Real through to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

According to BBC, the British police are currently investigating threatening text messages sent to Oliver’s wife Lucy, whose Twitter account was also targeted with threatening and abusive messages.

UEFA released a statement showing support for the 33-year old while condemning the abuse.

“UEFA strongly condemns the abuse directed at Michael Oliver and his wife,” European soccer’s governing body said in a statement.

“We have been in contact with them to offer our support and we trust the relevant authorities to take action against those individuals who have behaved inappropriately both on and off social media.”

It is yet to be seen if Buffon will be getting any further ban for his statements on the referee.

Photo Credit: Chronicle Live

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