Controversial Norwegian referee back in Norway, ready to referee

Oslo - Norwegian referee Tom Henning Øvrebø who was strongly criticized for his role in the European Champions league tie between Barcelona and Chelsea said Friday he is ready to referee again. By: Øvrebø turned down four Chelsea penalty appeals and was harshly criticized by several Chelsea players after a last-gasp goal gave Barcelona a 1-1 draw that saw them through to a final against Manchester United on the away-goal rule. In text messages to Norwegian public broadcaster NRK,  Øvrebø on Friday said he had been advised not to give any interviews by European football's ruling body UEFA. 'I am not shocked,' Øvrebø wrote in the text message, NRK reported. The Norwegian football association has listed him to referee the May 16 match betwee
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