Former referee Mark Clattenburg reveals that, after Real Madrid-Juventus in 2018, Michael Oliver had to move his family out of their home.
“Referees are human. They make mistakes in the heat of the moment,” he wrote in a letter published on the Mail Online.
“I made plenty of [them] 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.”
So, Clattenburg has revealed that after receiving death threats, the English official was forced to move his family out of their house.
The official was indeed targeted after awarding Real Madrid a last-gasp penalty in the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus in the 2017-18 season.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who was a Real Madrid player at the time, converted the spot-kick.
This allowed the La Liga giants to qualify for the semi-finals.