UEFA has come to the defense of English referee Michael Oliver after the English official received threats for making a penalty call against Juventus in favor of Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League. UEFA has condemned the abuses that the official and his wife have been subjected to after the controversial penalty decision.
Juventus had equaled the goal aggregate in the tie by going three goals up at the Santiago Bernabeu, having previously lost 3 nil in the first leg in Turin. The Old Ladies were on the verge of taking the game to extra time before Oliver penalized Benatia for a foul on Lucas Vazquez in the dying minutes of the game. The call provoked Buffon into confronting and laying his hands on the referee, who then sent him his marching orders with a red.
Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to smash the penalty into the net and send Real Madrid on a semifinal date with Bayern Munich, while Buffon continued to protest, and slamming Oliver after the game, with the Italian receiving criticism for his behavior
Oliver and his wife who is also a referee have been subjected to abuses and various threat, and Europe’s football governing body has demanded action against those responsible. According to a UEFA spokesman: “UEFA strongly condemns the abuse directed at Michael Oliver and his wife.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Oliver will be in action for the first time since the incident as West Ham welcome Stoke City in the Premier League on Monday after he served as a fourth official at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.