Police have waded into the threats to the life of the wife of Premier League referee Michael Oliver following messages sent to her.
Oliver awarded a last-minute penalty as Real Madrid knocked Juventus out of the Champions League on Wednesday and was criticised by Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon and some Italian media.
Oliver’s wife Lucy – a Women’s Super League referee who also officiates men’s non-league football – had her mobile number posted on social media after the game, which led to the abusive texts.
Police are also looking into reports of people banging on the front door of the couple’s home address and shouting abuse through their letterbox.
Officers have now deactivated the phone number, although Lucy Oliver’s social media account has also been targeted by some supporters.
Oliver was the fourth official for Huddersfield’s late win over Watford in the Premier League on Saturday and is due to take charge of West Ham v Stoke City on Monday night.
In response to the online abuse of Mrs Oliver, some Italian football fans started a twitter hashtag #ItaliaLovesMichaelOliver backing the official, which got 6,000 tweets in 24 hours on Thursday.