Social media platform Twitter was sent buzzing on Sunday, April 28, after hateful messages were dispatched to Michael and Lucy Oliver concerning their officiating in high profile matches.
According to UK Sun, the couple who are top referees took charge of two games involving Arsenal at the same time.
Interestingly, Michael was the centre referee during Arsenal’s defeat by Leicester City while wife Lucy handled Arsenal Women fixture against Brighton.
During the match at King Power Stadium, Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ early red card left many supporters of the Emirates dwellers unhappy, but some went the extra-mile.
Respected Journalist and broadcaster Jacqui Oatley took out time to highlight issues bothering of threats sent across the social media after the game.
"Michael and Lucy deserve nothing but the worst," a fan tweeted, even as Lucy Oliver was also tagged in the threat.
On the other hand, Arsenal Women claimed the Super League courtesy of a 4-0 win over Brighton.
"Both did their jobs with utmost integrity as ever.
"Lucy was sent this vile tweet afterwards. [I'm] sure Twitter will want to take action."
Interestingly, Sunday incident was not the first time the Olivers have been involved in refereeing controversy.
Italian fans were left furious with Oliver after he gave Real Madrid a late penalty against Juventus during their Champions League dramatic knockout clash.
A barrage of threats were sent their way, in particular to Lucy Oliver, leading to UEFA and a social media campaign backing the couple in the face of abuse.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Arsenal continued with their poor performance this season on Saturday, April 27 in the Premier League after suffering a 3-0 defeat against Leicester City.
A win was what Arsenal needed so as to keep their hopes alive in the fight to finish among the top four teams, but the Gunners missed the chance.
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