UEFA condemns online abuse of referee Oliver and his wife

UEFA condemns online abuse of referee Oliver and his wife

Juventus complained bitterly that Oliver had got it wrong and their goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for barging into the referee during their furious protests.

English referee Michael Oliver has been offered police support after being abused by social media trolls following his Champions League penalty controversy.

Deprived of what could likely be his last chance to lift the only major title missing from his collection the 2006 World Cup victor mercilessly blasted the referee after the game as "a murderer" for killing off Juventus' dreams with "a rubbish bin" in place of a heart.

"I also live for that".

This is the second year in a row that Juve have suffered against Real, who beat them in the final of the UCL last season.

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

The Juve manager was speaking after his side had dispatched Sampdoria 3-0 to go six points clear atop Serie A, Douglas Costa assisting all three goals after coming on as a first-half substitute for the injured Miralem Pjanic.

They nearly won it late on when Arkadiusz Milik's close-range shot was brilliantly saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, making his 100th Serie A appearance at the age of 19.

"I sent him a nice congratulatory text for his save on (Arkadiusz) Milik at the end", Buffon added.

"Buffon is a great champion who I hope will go on to have a great managerial career", Nicchi told Italian radio.

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

"If it happened in Italy?"

In the early game, Fiorentina's six-match winning run was ended as they were held to a goalless draw at home to relegation-threatened SPAL.

"I know other people are supporting her, she's always been a dynamic educator and a good referee", he said.

"After that, there are the appropriate bodies which must judge the conduct of all players on the pitch".

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "We are aware of threatening messages being posted on social media".