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UEFA condemns online abuse of referee Michael Oliver and his wife

(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - UEFA has condemned the online abuse aimed at Michael Oliver and his wife after the English referee awarded a decisive stoppage-time penalty to Real Madrid against Juventus in their Champions League quarter-final, second leg last week.

Juventus, who had wiped out a three-goal deficit from the first leg, were furious when Oliver awarded a soft penalty for a foul by defender Medhi Benatia on Real forward Lucas Vazquez.

The BBC reported on Sunday that British police were investigating threatening text messages sent to Oliver's wife Lucy, whose Twitter account was also targeted with threatening and abusive messages.

The 33-year-old Oliver was bitterly criticised by some Juve players after the match, with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saying the official was not prepared for such a high-profile game and should instead have been eating crisps in the stands.

Buffon, who was sent off for his furious protest, said that Oliver had a "garbage bin" instead of a heart.

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