UEFA condemns online abuse of referee Oliver and his wife
ZURICH, April 16 (Reuters) - UEFA has condemned the online abuse aimed at Michael Oliver and his wife after the English referee awarded a decisive stoppage-time penalty to Real Madrid against Juventus in their Champions League quarter-final, second leg last week.
"UEFA strongly condemns the abuse directed at Michael Oliver and his wife," European soccer's governing body said in a statement.
"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."
Juventus, who had wiped out a three-goal deficit from the first leg, were furious when Oliver awarded a penalty for a foul by defender Medhi Benatia on Real forward Lucas Vazquez.
Cristiano Ronaldo converted the spot kick to make it 3-1 and send Real through to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate. (Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by Ken Ferris)