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Collina defends Oliver’s controversial UCL penalty decision
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Collina defends Oliver’s controversial UCL penalty decision

  Real Madrid emerged as UCL champions in Kiev, although the debate on the penalty decision by Michael Oliver that saw Real Madrid eliminate Juventus from the quarter-finals of the competition still rages on. However, UEFA's chief referring officer Pierluigi Collina has insisted that the English referee made the correct call. The English man awarded a late penalty in the game at the Bernabeu in April when Mehdi Benatia fouled Lucas Vazquez. The decision enraged Buffon who was subsequently sent off for his reaction. Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty that ensued to keep Madrid on course for their eventual UCL triumph. Meanwhile, Collina who selected Oliver for the high-profile tie has given his backing to the 33-year-old, stating that he made the right decision. Coll...
UEFA condemns abuses and threats against Michael Oliver and wife
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UEFA condemns abuses and threats against Michael Oliver and wife

  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 ...