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Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon reacts after being sent off in the Champions League quarter-final second leg match with Real Madrid in Madrid April 12, 2018.

The BBC has reported that police are investigating abusive text messages sent to Oliver's wife - a Women's Super League referee who also officiates men's non-league football - after her mobile number was posted on social media.

He found himself at the centre of a storm when he awarded the last-minute penalty to Madrid and was heavily criticised by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who was sent off in the aftermath of the decision. They can't be threatened either before, during, or after the game.

The 40-year-old Juventus captain has come under fire for a post-match rant in which he called Oliver "a murderer" with "a rubbish bin" in place of a heart.

English referee Oliver meanwhile has been offered police support after he and his family were abused by social media trolls.

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has responded to speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League by insisting that he is "happy" and in "harmony" with the Italian club.

"This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and those writing the messages need to be aware that they could be committing a criminal offence".

Ref Support chief exec Martin Cassidy said his organisation has also been in touch with Lucy Oliver to offer its support. I would have defended the referee. "It seems fair game but it has to stop".

Oliver was fourth official at Saturday's Premier League match between Huddersfield and Watford and was due to take charge of West Ham's Premier League clash with Stoke on Monday evening.

Buffon said on Saturday that he "stands by everything he said" about Oliver, but added that he "would use different tones".


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