The PGMOL committee, which is in charge of English football referees, has announced the opening of an investigation into allegations by assistant referee Konstantin Hatzidakis that he hit Liverpool star Andrew Robertson during his team’s match against Arsenal on Sunday.
And between two halves of the match, Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson approached the referee Konstantin Hatzidakis as the players were leaving the field, before the referee appeared to raise his hand to the player.
Robertson immediately became angry and claimed that the linesman elbowed him.
The Liverpool players crowded in front of referee Paul Tierney to raise the issue before heading into the tunnel at the end.
Sky Sports broadcast the incident as replays from multiple angles showed the referee raising his hand in front of the player.
ICYMI: That’s what came out during the whistle for the break. Andy Robertson apparently nudged the linesman but was then shown a yellow card.
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The network reported that Robertson was “dazed” as he descended into the tunnel, before accusing Hatsidakis of “hitting his throat with his elbow”.
It’s just that Scotland captain Andy Robertson got an elbow (and got a warning for it) from a linesman.
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And the Referees Association released a statement saying: “We are aware of an incident involving assistant referee Hatsidakis and Liverpool defender Andy Robertson between the two halves of the Liverpool vs Arsenal match at Anfield. We will look into the matter fully after the end of the match.” “.
Hatzidakis is a referee with extensive experience and for several years was part of the refereeing teams at the matches of the English Premier League, Champions League and Europa League.
The confrontation between Liverpool and its rivals Arsenal ended in a positive draw with two goals of the same in the 30th week of the English Premier League.
As a result, Arsenal lifted their lead to 73 points at the top of the league table, with Liverpool in eighth place with 44 points.