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Sky Sports reported that Oliver, whose wife Lucy received threats on social media, will officiate after saying that he wanted to return to action as quickly as possible.

Juventus showed they had put their midweek Champions League defeat to Real Madrid behind them as they were greeted with a banner "Proud of You" and applause for captain Gianluigi Buffon who was sent off in Madrid.

"Napoli are having a sensational campaign, they are still right up there and I think the next two games could be nearly decisive for the Scudetto", said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "We are aware of threatening messages being posted on social media".

'These vituperous attacks on Michael Oliver and his wife are repugnant, ' he said on Twitter.

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.

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

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

Tournament organiser UEFA also revealed on Monday evening they had offered their support to the Olivers. I would have defended the referee.

"It seems more and more acceptable in terms of the abuse of officials".

Deprived of what could likely be his last chance to lift the only major title missing from his collection the 2006 World Cup victor mercilessly blasted the referee after the game as "a murderer" for killing off Juventus' dreams with "a rubbish bin" in place of a heart.

On Saturday, Oliver - who has been backed by fellow officials and players - served as fourth official in Huddersfield's win over Watford.

In response to the online abuse of Lucy Oliver, some Italian football fans started a twitter hashtag #ItaliaLovesMichaelOliver backing the official, which got 6,000 tweets in 24 hours on Thursday.

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