Michael Oliver set for Premier League return after Gianluigi Buffon controversy

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has defended Gianluigi Buffon and labelled him "a role model for over 20 years" after the goalkeeper saw red against Champions League conqueror Real Madrid for a furious rant at the referee.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Juventus, extraordinarily, managed to claw their way back to 3-3 on aggregate but Oliver elected to award Real a penalty in stoppage time when Medhi Benatia was adjudged to have fouled Lucas Vazquez in the area.

The 40-year-old Italian icon later called Oliver "a murderer" with "a rubbish bin" in place of a heart. I am in harmony with the club, I go on vacation when the transfer window opens because I trust the club completely. But that means you're alive, and that's why I came into the world. It was a week that allowed me to experience strong emotions, beautiful, pure adrenaline.

Napoli, who topped the table for much of the season, lost further ground in the title race as they were held to a 0-0 draw by AC Milan earlier on Sunday.

Italy icon Buffon has said this will be his last season and he announced his global retirement after Italy's dramatic failure to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.

"But at certain levels, you have to be careful about what you say".

"I have to defend my team-mates and fans, even in a not very composed fashion".

Sport understands Lucy Oliver - a Women's Super League referee who also officiates men's non-league football - received threatening texts after her mobile number was posted on social media following the game.

English referee Oliver meanwhile has been offered police support after he and his family were abused by social media trolls.

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