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UEFA 'strongly condemns' abuse directed at Michael Oliver and wife

UEFA 'strongly condemns' abuse directed at Michael Oliver and wife
From ESPN - April 16, 2018

UEFA have issued a statement condemning the social media abuse directed at referee Michael Oliver in the wake of last Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal second leg between Real Madrid and Juventus.

Police have also offered their support to Oliver and his wife Lucy and warned social media trolls they could be committing a criminal offence by abusing them.

The couple have been targeted after the Northumberland match official awarded a disputed injury-time penalty from which the Spaniards won the tie 4-3 on aggregate to reach the semifinals.

The UEFA statement read: "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.''

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "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.

"Neighbourhood officers are in touch with the victims in this case to offer them support and ensure any further offences are reported to police.''

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