The organization in charge of overseeing Premier League match officials will look into allegations that the assistant referee elbowed Andy Robertson of Liverpool during Sunday’s draw with Arsenal.
In a thrilling match at Anfield, Liverpool came back from a 2-0 deficit to harm Arsenal’s title chances. Roberto Firmino scored a late equalizer to deny the Gunners a key victory.
The game was played in a competitive environment, and at the conclusion of the first half, linesman Constantine Hatzidakis and Reds left-back Robertson got into a strange incident.
Television images appeared to show Hatzidakis raising his right elbow and making contact with the Scotland international as Robertson spoke to the referee.
When Robertson entered the tunnel at halftime, the official allegedly elbowed him in the throat, according to Sky Sports. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson reportedly complained to referee Paul Tierney about the incident.
The body in charge of referees, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), committed to investigate the event.
Soon after halftime during the Liverpool vs. Arsenal game at Anfield, assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis and Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson got into a physical altercation, the body said in a widely circulated statement.
“We will review the matter in full once the game has concluded.” the body stated.
Despite Pep Guardiola’s champions having a game in hand and hosting the Gunners at the Etihad Stadium later this month, Liverpool’s comeback has increased Arsenal’s lead over championship rivals Manchester City to six points.