Ex- English ref Poll reacts to Micheal Oliver's decision

International Edition By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 12/04/2018

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Former English referee Graham Poll has given his thoughts on the decision of Michael Oliver in the Champions League quarter-final match between Real Madrid and Juventus, according to report.

Oliver awarded a penalty for Mehdi Benatia for his challenge on Lucas Vazquez in last minute of the game in which Juventus was on the verge of a comeback and sent off Gianluigi Buffon for his reaction against his decision at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot to send Real Madrid to the semifinals on the 4-3 aggregate scoreline.

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Graham Poll gives his thoughts on Oliver's decision to award a penalty and send off Buffon.

“Michael Oliver only promoted to the elite group of officials in January, justified the decision with some very strong but correct refereeing in the Bernabeu.

With scores level in a gripping quarter-final heading for extra time, Oliver was courageous enough to award a penalty which, once converted, took Real Madrid through to the semi-final.

He didn't stop there. Surrounded and disgracefully harassed by half a dozen or so menacing Juventus players, led by their talismanic captain, Oliver – 33 - stayed calm and correctly dismissed Gianluigi Buffon for his aggressive protests.

Arsene Wenger once told me I was talking rubbish when I said a referee needed the courage to give big decisions. I imagine after watching this he will understand”.

Real Madrid join the likes of AS Roma, Bayern Munich and Liverpool in the semifinals the draws will be held on Friday afternoon.