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Michael Oliver set for Premier League return after Gianluigi Buffon controversy

Michael Oliver will referee West Ham's Premier League game against Stoke on Monday as he returns to officiating after receiving abuse for awarding the controversial late penalty with which Real Madrid knocked Juventus out of the Champions League.

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.

It said the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the organisation responsible for Premier League referees, had been in contact with Oliver to see whether he wanted to take a break from Premier League refereeing.

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

Gianluigi Buffon's Champions League career ended with a red card.
Referee Michael Oliver sends off Gianluigi Buffon after awarding the penalty.

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.

The Juventus goalkeeper told reporters after the match that Oliver had "a garbage bin for a heart."

The BBC reported that Oliver's wife Lucy -- a Women's Super League referee -- had received threatening text messages after her mobile number was posted on social media.

Buffon said on Saturday that he "stands by everything he said" about Oliver, but added that he "would use different tones."

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