Former referee Mark Clattenburg reveals that Michael Oliver had to move his family out of their home after Real Madrid-Juventus in 2018.
In the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus in the 2017-18 season, after awarding Real Madrid a last-gasp penalty the official was targeted.
In order to allow the La Liga giants to qualify for the semi-finals, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was a Real Madrid player at the time, converted the spot-kick.
The English official was forced to move his family out of their house after receiving death threats, revealed Clattenburg.
“Referees are human. They make mistakes in the heat of the moment,” he wrote in a letter published on the .
“I made plenty of myself. But there is a line. Unfortunately with social media, that line is crossed all too often.”
“Michael Oliver had to move his family out of their home after the game in which Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in 2018.”
“It’s wrong but until social media companies decide to give a damn, the abuse Mike has suffered will not stop.”