Roy Keane has slammed ‘big baby’ Andy Robertson despite images appearing to show he was elbowed by linesman Constantine Hatzidakis.
The extraordinary incident occurred just after the whistle blew for half-time at Anfield with Liverpool losing 2-1 to Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Liverpool players surrounded the officials as they headed down the tunnel as referee Paul Tierney handed Robertson a yellow card.
A statement from Professional Game Match Officials Limited read: ‘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. We will review the matter in full once the game has concluded.’
Speaking about Liverpool defender Robertson at half-time, legend Keane told : ‘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.’
Gary Neville added: ‘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.’
Robertson claims Hatzidakis ‘elbowed him in the throat’, according to Sky Sports’ touchline reporter Geoff Shreeves.
‘Andy Robertson was absolutely apoplectic, stunned even,’ Shreeves said.
‘He said ‘the linesman has just elbowed me in the throat’ – Jordan Henderson was well aware of it and led the remonstrations with referee Paul Tierney and after that they got taken away. Extraordinary scenes.’