Referee chiefs issue statement after linesman and Robertson row at halftime during ARS vs LIV

Andy Robertson appeared to be elbowed by assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis, prompting the PGMOL to launch an investigation following the incident.

The PGMOL have stated they are aware and are set to launch an investigation following the incident which saw Liverpool defender Andy Robertson appear to have
received an elbow on the jaw by linesman Constantine Hatzidakis in the Reds’ match against Arsenal at Anfield.

Linesman Hatzidakis was heading towards referee Paul Tierney just after the halftime whistle had been blown with the defender seen approaching Hatzidakis and appearing to grab the official as he walked across the pitch.

Hatzidakis reacted angrily to that though and moved his arm back in what appeared to an elbow towards Robertson’s face. The Scotland captain was left furious, with Liverpool players surrounding the trio of match officials as they attempted to leave the pitch.

A statement from the organisation, issued during the second half of the 2-2 draw at Anfield read: “PGMOL is aware of an incident involving assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis and Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson at half-time during the Liverpool v Arsenal fixture at Anfield.”

“We will review the matter in full once the game has concluded.”

Liverpool and Arsenal played out a thrilling draw at Anfield in what became an instant classic. The Gunners quickly went ahead through Gabriel Martinelli, before the winger turned provider to set up Gabriel Jesus for their second.

But an incident involving Granit Xhaka set the game alight, with Mohamed Salah soon pulling a goal back. Roberto Firmino equalised late on, before Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale pulled off a string of stunning saves to secure a point.

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