Referee involved in controversial goal against Birmingham City lands Rotherham match

Keith Stroud will take charge of Birmingham City’s crunch clash with Rotherham United - a month after he oversaw a controversial goal against Blues in their 1-1 draw with Hull City.

The 54-year-old will be the man in the middle at the New York Stadium when Blues face the already relegated Millers on Saturday afternoon. Gary Rowett’s side need three points to ease their own fears of relegation from the Championship.

Stroud will be supported by assistants Andrew Fox and Mark Dwyer, while James Linington will act as fourth official. He has refereed three Blues games already this season, the last of which saw Hull score a more than dubious goal in a 1-1 draw at the KCOM Stadium on March 5.

The officials failed to spot Ozan Tufan had used his hand to score Hull’s opening goal on the night. James Wilson - who was Stroud’s assistant in Hull - was subsequently removed from the officials list for Blues’ game against Middlesbrough the following week.

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Stroud has also overseen Blues’ away defeats to Watford and Leeds United. He booked five Blues players in the 2-0 defeat to Watford last September and sent off Lee Buchanan for two bookable offences.

Stroud, who has primarily officiated in the Championship this season, has dished out 134 yellow cards and three reds in 26 matches.

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