Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

UEFA 'strongly condemns' Michael Oliver abuse

UEFA 'strongly condemns' Michael Oliver abuse

Juventus were dumped out of the Champions League after Real Madrid beat Juventus (agg: 4-3) in the Champions League quarter-final.

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.

In the second leg of Real and Juve's quarter-final tie last Wednesday, the Italian was sent off after protesting a last-minute penalty that was awarded to the Spanish giants, resulting in Cristiano Ronaldo effectively knocking the Bianconeri out of the competition.

"We are supporting Michael and Lucy Oliver and condemn the abuse Lucy has received on social media", a PGMOL spokesperson said in a statement.

'If I thought "thank goodness I'm not there" when he whistled the penalty? "Yes", he told Premium Sport.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has refused to apologise to referee Michael Oliver following his side's controversial exit from the Champions League against Real Madrid last week.

Standing by his actions, Buffon says he is simply remaining coherent and true to himself.

"I am a human being who puts passion, sentiment and anger into what I do", he said.

"This isn't a situation where you can say it's a definite penalty".

Former England forward Gary Lineker was among those who said that Buffon's comments were over-the-top.

He drew parallels between the two roles to explain how Oliver made his decision to point to the spot.

"We still need to meet some objectives. Of course if we had 10 minutes, we might think differently, but not even a doctor has less than a second to make up his mind".

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