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Pep Guardiola has his say on the Andy Robertson 'elbow' incident, claims he didn't watch Liverpool vs Arsenal

Ryan Smart

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Pep Guardiola has his say on the Andy Robertson 'elbow' incident, claims he didn't watch Liverpool vs Arsenal

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has given a surprising response to the incident that took place between an assistant referee and Andrew Robertson during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Arsenal.

The incident occurred at half-time in the match, after the Liverpool defender approached match official Constantine Hatzidakis. Robertson claimed to have been elbowed by the assistant referee.

The referees' association, PGMOL, confirmed in a statement that Hatzidakis would be stood down while the incident is investigated.

The statement read: "PGMOL will not be appointing Constantine Hatzidakis to fixtures in any of the competitions it serves whilst the FA investigates the incident involving the assistant referee and Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson at Anfield."


Now, Guardiola has given his response to what happened.

Guardiola reacts to Robertson elbow

Speaking ahead of City's Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, Guardiola surprisingly admitted that he had been too busy assessing his side's upcoming opponents to watch the incident involving Liverpool defender Robertson.

The Spaniard added that he was also watching golf, with the final day of The Masters, won by Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, taking place on Sunday.



However, Guardiola said he had since watched highlights of the Liverpool vs Arsenal game.

He said: "I hear it but I didn't see it. I was watching Bayern Munich and golf. I saw highlights afterwards, but didn't discuss it and see it.

"They told me something happened, but I didn't see the image so I cannot comment. But it's weird, when people said to me it happened, I said, 'Wow, it's happened?'"


The incident was seen by those in the Sky Sports studio, and Roy Keane - as ever - wasn't afraid to share his views on the incident while live on-air.

He said: "Andy Robertson is a big baby. He should concentrate on his defending."

Keane then doubled down on his comments post-match, adding: "What's he going over to him for and what's he complaining for? I said it at half-time, Robertson what a baby. What a big baby. Get on with the game... Baby."

Gary Neville, meanwhile, had a different view: "I've never seen an official raise an elbow to a player. I think he'll be in a lot of trouble after this game ends."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy / Football Daily

Topics: Liverpool, Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, Andrew Robertson, Premier League, Arsenal

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