Tom Henning Ovrebo; the man who refereed the 2009 second leg semi-final of Chelsea v Barcelona has admitted that his mistakes cost Chelsea a place in the Champions League final and that he still gets death threats.
The Norwegian, who has since stepped down from international duty, was faced with four realistic penalty claims from Chelsea (at least two of them clear-cut) at Stamford Bridge that night but did not award a single one. Andres Iniesta proceeded to score for Barcelona in injury-time to send the Catalans through to the final on the away goals rule and eventually to beat Manchester United 2-0 in the final in Rome.
The referee’s performance was met with much opprobrium by the Blues on the night with Michael Ballack in particular almost striking the official and Didier Drogba yelling “YOU’RE A DISGRACE, A DISGRACE” several times at the official.
Ovrebo told the London Times: “I still get a few death threats but they go straight into the garbage box.
“I don’t take them seriously although sometimes I wonder about the people who send them.
“Just yesterday I got an email from a Chelsea fan saying he wanted to kill me and my family.”