Controversial Incident: Calls for Linesman to Face Eight-Game Ban for Allegedly Elbowing Andy Robertson
Football pundits have called for a ban on the linesman who appeared to elbow Andy Robertson during Liverpool’s game against Arsenal, with Darren Bent recommending an eight-game suspension.
As the title race heats up, Liverpool and Arsenal played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday.
Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus scored to put the visitors up 2-0 inside the first 28 minutes, with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both scoring to earn their side a point.
However, the game was marred by Constantine Hatzidakis, who is accused of elbowing Robertson moments after referee Paul Tierney blew for half-time.
A shocking video shows the linesman elbowing Robertson after the first half as the Liverpool defender approached him.
The PGMOL, the referees’ body, says it will investigate the incident and issued a statement shortly after the controversial moment.
“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,” the statement reads.
” We will review the matter in full once the game has concluded.”
Meanwhile, pundits have called for Hatzidakis to be punished, with Bent requesting an eight-game suspension.
Chris Sutton is also advocating for a ban, citing Aleksandar Mitrovic, who received an eight-match ban for pushing a referee during Manchester United’s match against Fulham.
“I really don’t know what he was thinking. As far as I can see, he has to be banned,” he added.
“He will have to sit out a number of games. I can’t remember another incident like this. Where is the precedent for these things?
“A big debating point was Mitrovic and the eight-game ban and the FA want him banned for more but you can’t have assistants throwing elbows. What should the punishment be?”
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