Watch: Does Andrew Robertson get elbowed by assistant referee?
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson appeared to be elbowed by the assistant referee during Sunday’s Premier League match against Arsenal – or does he?
Robertson appeared to be struck by Constantine Hatzidakis at half-time of the fiery encounter at Anfield. Referee Paul Tierney then brandished a yellow card to the Scotland international after blowing up for half-time, causing Liverpool players to surround him in fury.
Jamie Carragher, working on commentary for Sky Sports, quickly claimed that an apoplectic Robertson was “elbowed” by the assistant ref.
Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves claimed that Robertson was furious as he entered the tunnel, accusing the official of “elbowing him in the throat”.
But Roy Keane took a dim view of Robertson’s actions, calling him a ‘big baby’ and telling him to ‘concentrate on his defending’.
Speaking about the Liverpool defender at half-time, Keane told Sky Sports: “I’ve not seen anything like it really, But Robertson… does he grab the linesman first? I’m not sure.
“But Robertson’s complaining. He should be more worried about his defending. I’ve watched Robertson a number of times and he is a big baby. Just get on with the game and concentrate on your defending. He does grab the linesman first.”
Liverpool appeared to be on the rack after goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus saw Arsenal cruise into a 2-0 lead.
But an errant Granit Xhaka foul on Trent Alexander-Arnold completely changed the atmosphere at Anfield; Mohamed Salah pulled a goal back before the interval and Arsenal were suddenly being asked questions of their title-challenging character.
After being thoroughly second best during most of the first half, Liverpool went into the interval revitalised which somewhat explains the enhanced emotions once the whistle blew.
Regardless of the result, the FA will be sure to take a closer look at the incident involving Robertson as the season draws to an irresistible climax.
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