9 May 2009

Norwegian referee told not to talk

1:23 pm on 9 May 2009

Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo has been told by UEFA not to speak the media following the controversy over his performance in the Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Chelsea according to Norewgian press reports.

Ovrebo is reported to have received death threats from disgruntled Chelsea fans after he turned down four strong penalty appeals from the Premier League side in their 1-1 draw with the Catalan giants on Wednesday.

Ovrebo was at the centre of a heated exchange with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba following the final whistle, after Barcelona's injury time equaliser had sent the London side crashing out of the competition on away goals.