Michael Oliver, the man who refereed the quarter-final return of the Champions League between Real Madrid and Juventus, was placed under police protection.
The referee, as well as his wife, also referee in female D1, are indeed the object of insulting messages and even of threat since the match. According to information from the BBC Lucy Oliver’s mobile phone number was leaked to social networks and people came to the couple’s home.
So much so that the police opened an investigation and the couple was placed under the protection of the police.
Already backed by the association of English professional referees, Michael and Lucy Oliver also received on Monday the support of UEFA, which “strongly condemns” the threats against them. “We are in contact with them to offer our support and we trust the competent authorities to take action against individuals who have behaved inappropriately,” said the European body, quoted by The Team .
Wednesday, when Juventus, beaten 3-0 in the first leg of the first leg, led 3-0 at the very end of the second leg, Michael Oliver had whistled a penalty, deemed contentious by some. In the wake, he had excluded the Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who strongly disputed the arbitration decision.
Cristiano Ronaldo converted the penalty, allowing Real to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League.