Linesman who 'elbowed' Andy Robertson has made unwanted headlines involving Arsenal before
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Linesman Constantine Hatzidakis, who allegedly elbowed Andy Robertson has already made headlines involving Arsenal before.
During Sunday’s fiery clash between Arsenal and Liverpool at Anfield, Hatzidakis became the talk of the town after the half-time whistle was sounded.
The PGMOL later confirmed in a statement that an investigation will take place, they said: “PGMOL is aware of an incident at half-time during the Liverpool v Arsenal fixture at Anfield. We will review the matter in full once the game has concluded.”
According to the Daily Star, this is not the first time that Hatzidakis has made headlines in a match involving Arsenal.
Back in January 2022, Hatzidakis was part of the officiating team for Arsenal’s clash against Manchester City.
Did the assistant referee elbow Andy Robertson?!" 🤯 pic.twitter.com/CZQbDDDX0I— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 9, 2023
However, Hatzidakis had to be replaced right at the last minute.
Players were told of the change as they walked onto the pitch and the match started without a fourth official for the first 30 minutes.
Rodri went on to score a last-minute winner as City came away 2-1 winners.
After the incident on Sunday, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “Nothing. I know it happened but I didn’t watch it. If it happened the pictures will speak for themselves. I have nothing else to say about it.”
Robertson meanwhile was criticised by former Manchester United captain Roy Keane.
Keane said on Sky Sports: “Robertson, do you know what, does he grab the linesman first? I'm not sure, but he's complaining. He should be more worried about his defending.
“Do you know what it is, that Robertson? I've watched him a number of times. He's a big baby. That's what he is. Just get on with the game and concentrate on your defending. He does grab the linesman first.”