What Is Happening To Referee Michael Oliver After Champions League Controversy Is Just Awful
Almost a week after Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League, referee Michael Oliver and his wife Lucy continue to be targeted by online trolls.
Because of the extent of the abuse, police have offered them support after threatening messages were directed towards the pair.
It has also emerged that police are investigating text messages sent to Lucy Oliver as they face the backlash of his penalty decision in the last minute of the Champions League quarter final.
Here's a small sample of the abuse received by Michael Oliver's wife @LucyOliver_7 (also a ref) since he was pushed and called a bastard by Buffon....(tombstone pic sent too). #notfriendlybanter pic.twitter.com/RkMkGXXAVC- Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) April 13, 2018
Lucy's mobile number was reportedly posted on social media after the game which led to death threats via text.
According to The Daily Mail, police are also looking into reports of people banging on the front door of the couple's home address and shouting abuse through their letterbox.
Things have gone way too far.
Took me 2 minutes on twitter to find people either encouraging violence or threatening to kill Michael Oliver. Will the @metpoliceuk @government @FA @referee take action? These should be treated like death threats to MPs, activists, etc. @refsupportuk @BBCSport @guardian pic.twitter.com/eR34uXFYu7- Owen Lyons (@owenKlyons) April 11, 2018
As you can see by the above tweet, it doesn't take long to find a number of threats to Oliver on social media and a Northumbria Police spokesperson condemned the abuse:
"We are aware of threatening messages being posted on social media. This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and those writing the messages need to be aware that they could be committing a criminal offence." the statement read.
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"Neighbourhood officers are in touch with the victims in this case to offer them support and ensure any further offences are reported to police."
Story on police investigating threats to Michael Oliver's wife. Nothing can excuse abuse of a match official/their family. Not even a goalkeeper being denied his last hurrah by a referee correctly applying the laws of the game, @gianluigibuffon https://t.co/kMo3Lc0HOJ @BBCSport- Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) April 14, 2018
Gianluigi Buffon made some bold comments after the game but he recently defended his claims, even if it did 'damage his reputation':
"I have to defend my team-mates and fans, even in a not very composed fashion. I had to let that out, even if it damaged my reputation," he told Italian TV.
"You find a way to speak, right or wrong, that at times can seem excessive - but this is me, I am Gigi Buffon.
"I'd say them all again - maybe with a different type of language, one that was more civilised, let's say. The content remains and I stand by all of it."
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