Michael Oliver ruled out Edimilson Fernandes’ goal
West Ham and Stoke battled out a relegation six-pointer at the London Stadium.
But the Hammers were controversially denied a goal midway through the second half.
Marko Arnautovic had already had a header ruled out for offside when Edimilson Fernandes rifled into the net on 67 minuets.
But referee Oliver blew up after deeming Arnautovic – who was in an offside position – to have interfered with the goalkeeper’s view, even though he didn’t touch the ball.
Fernandes was fuming with the referee’s decision and West Ham fans voiced their displeasure in the stands.
But Stoke were in agreement with the referee over the offside call.
West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic was in an offside position
66′ OFFSIDE! Michael Oliver makes the call, before his assistant referee puts up his flag. Arnautovic is offside as the ball goes in, interfering with play, good decision (0-0) #SCFC
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) April 16, 2018
Their official Twitter account posted: “66′ OFFSIDE! Michael Oliver makes the call, before his assistant referee puts up his flag. Arnautovic is offside as the ball goes in, interfering with play, good decision (0-0)”
Oliver’s decision appeared to be the correct one but it did put him under the spotlight for the second time in a week.
Last Wednesday the 42-year-old was the centre of much controversy after awarding Real Madrid a soft penalty in their 3-1 Champions League defeat to Juventus.
Michael Oliver immediately gives the offside decision
David Moyes fumes with the officials
The penalty – converted by Cristiano Ronaldo in stoppage time – saw Real sneak into the Champions League semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.
Juventus were irate and Oliver and his wife, who is also a referee, were subsequently sent threats.
But UEFA stood by their referee.
Oliver was back in action on Saturday as the fourth official in Huddersfield’s late 1-0 win over Watford.
And he oversaw a 1-1 draw in east London on Monday night as West Ham hit back through Andy Carroll after Peter Crouch had opened the scoring.