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…
Hopefully for good not just one match
— Richard (@Devine1Richard) February 8, 2019
But the injured party is West Ham, what do we get? Oh that’s it, nothin’
— Gavin Greenway (@D1Banjo) February 8, 2019
I think axed for the weekend is fair. It’s like when a player has a bad game and dropped for the next.
— ⚒️ Jay ⚒️ (@Jay93944265) February 7, 2019
So if Mane misses the chance but Origi scores his would the ban be for the other fella??? Banning officials on whether the decision results in a goal. That’s not right.
— Simon Brewer (@SimonBrewer20) February 8, 2019
He's an official though, if he is 'missing' calls that blatant then he shouldn't be in the prem
— Andy ⚒ (@AndyHurlow) February 8, 2019
Lucky that Fabs saved it in 93…
— Krzysztof Stec (@krzysiek_stec) February 7, 2019
Not a fine. He made a mistake. Being axed from the games is enough.
— Sam Wilson (@SamWilsonWhu) February 8, 2019
What about the other Lino. He was just as bad
— Robert (@RobJHallam) February 8, 2019