West Ham fans react as controversial linesman is dropped from weekend’s fixtures

According to The Mirror, Simon Beck – the linesman who was on duty for West Ham’s match with Liverpool on Monday – has been dropped from this weekend’s fixtures following the events of the London Stadium match.

Both linesmen were embroiled in controversy having first allowed play to continue after Adam Lallana flicked the ball into the path of a certainly offside James Milner, who subsequently fired into the feet of Sadio Mane in the Hammers box to give the Reds the lead.

Beck’s flag remained down amidst outrage from West Ham players and fans alike, and so the goal stood. Luckily, Michail Antonio fired the hosts level six minutes later after Felipe Anderson cleverly played the Englishman in, but in the dying minutes it almost happened again.

The indoor football skills in the video below have to be seen to be believed…

Then as Liverpool pressed forward looking for a winner, Naby Keita scooped the ball towards Divock Origi but the Belgian couldn’t find a lethal touch. The opposite linesman’s flag remained glued to his side and replays revealed that the Reds forward was well offside – had he found the net, a Liverpool goal would, for the second time in the game, have wrongly stood.

Having battled their way to a point, the London Stadium faithful are right to feel aggrieved that the referee’s assistants had cost them two points, and nearly all three.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter…

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