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Roy Keane calls Andy Robertson a ‘big baby’ with linesman accused of elbowing player

Roy Keane hilariously calls Andy Robertson a ‘big baby’ with the linesman Constantine Hatzidakis accused of elbowing the Reds player.

Robertson approached Constantine Hatzidakis as the half time whistle blew in Liverpool’s game against Arsenal, with the defender claiming that the assistant referee had hit him in the throat seconds after the whistle blew.

Referee Paul Tierney gave Robertson a yellow card for his involvement in the incident. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson approached Tierney to discuss the matter.

Sky Sports’ pitchside reporter Geoff Shreeves said: “Andy Robertson was absolutely apoplectic, stunned even.

“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.”

After the game, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was unable to cast any light on the incident.

“I know it happened but I didn’t watch it,” Klopp said. “If it happened the pictures will speak for themselves.”

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) body, which governs referees in English football, has said it is investigating the incident, as is the Football Association.

A statement read: “PGMOL is aware of an incident involving assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis and Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson at half-time during the Liverpool vs Arsenal fixture at Anfield. We will review the matter in full once the game has concluded.”

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said if Hatzidakis was found guilty of striking Robertson, the official will end up in hot water.

“I’ve never seen an official raise an elbow to a player,” he said while on co-commentary duty at the Premier League fixture. “I think he’ll be in a lot of trouble after this game ends.”

Watching the incident at the break, Roy Keane questioned whether Robertson, whose side were losing 2-1 to Arsenal at the time, actually grabbed the assistant referee first before the alleged elbow happened.

“I’ve not seen anything like it really. But Robertson… does he grab the linesman first?” Keane said in the Sky Sports studio.

“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.”

Clinton Morrison added on Sky Sports News: “Robertson obviously grabs him, but he [the assistant referee] cannot react like that and throw an elbow.

“We won’t hear the end of that. In all my years, I have never seen an assistant referee react like that.

“Players are quickly called out when they do stuff wrong, he has to apologise as that was out of order.”

Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus fired Arsenal to within reach of first Anfield win since 2012 before Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino earned a point for Liverpool.

Salah also missed a penalty before Aaron Ramsdale’s late heroics got his side out of trouble.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (6), Konate (7), Van Dijk (6), Robertson (6), Henderson (6), Fabinho (6), Jones (6), Salah (6), Jota (5), Gakpo (5).

Subs: Thiago (6), Firmino (7), Nunez (6).

Arsenal: Ramsdale (8), White (6), Holding (6), Gabriel (7), Zinchenko (6), Partey (6), Xhaka (6), Odegaard (6), Saka (7), Jesus (8), Martinelli (8).

Subs: Tierney (n/a), Kiwior (5), Trossard (5).

Man of the Match: Aaron Ramsdale.

This is what Twitter users said as Roy Keane calls Andy Robertson a ‘big baby’ with the linesman accused of elbowing the player…

@Redsmail: Says the whiny baby who walked out on his country cos he didn’t like the training. You wouldn’t credit the utter Andy D’Urso chasing hypocrisy of the man. Shame none of the panel has the stones to throw that back at him.

@ISimpson73: Keane spot on, Robertson is a big baby. he grabs the assistant ref & when he gets shoved off he acts like he’s been hit by Tyson Fury.

@ToonArmy_18_92: You can’t place your hand on an official. Robertson creates this drama because they are losing

@craigylou: Yet if a lino elbowed a utd player they would still be on air now demanding a sacking.

@Bosthedog: Oh C’mon lighten up: yes the lino has to be given a ban(?) A good talking to(?) But you’ve got to luv Keane… he makes me smile! His criticism of all and sundry – particularly United, and Ferguson in particular – are fantastic!

@_shaunmiller_: Bet he was screaming for mitrovics 8 match ban for pushing the referee against his own team was he?

@mattygibbs: Robertson verbal abused the liner earlier and the ref had a word with him but I think he should have booked him, then at halftime he went to confront the liner and the liner took protective action and Robertson rightly booked for harassing the official

@SolihullAVFC: It’s about time officials stood up for themselves, Robbo has no right going into his personal space and putting his hands on him. The Mitrovic incident recently proved they are vulnerable and players think they are invincible!

@Marco_willo5: Robertson grabs his arm the linesman clearly looking the other way lifts his arm up to get Robertson off him and catches his face, Robertson shouldn’t be grabbing an officials arm simple as that

@jaamesmarr: 100% would not be saying that if it was a United player getting hit by officials

@evago53: I’m amazed with their limited camera angles they were able to capture it! 😂😬

@DavidM2414: Roy’s spot on – Andy Robertson is a baby on the pitch! Can’t take a challenge 🤣

@NUFCThreatLevel: I reckon he’s shrugged him off and accidentally caught him. I know my stuff here as I’m retired now but when I was a linesman I was roundhousing players that annoyed me every other weekend.

@JoeHarakis: Looks like Roberston approached the lino and got a bit too close, and so he shrugged him off.

@HaleEndWill: Keane got it spot on Robertson is a big baby. Grabbed hold of the official & got his just desserts. Wish he’d given him another for good measure!

@jaymeeteewhu98: Whilst you do that might as well investigate the officials at the VAR room overseeing the Spurs and Brighton game. 🤷🏻‍♂️

@simonmwuk: Given we have spent 2 weeks discussing Mitrovic, which was awful but nowhere near as bad, we look on with interest.

@keiran193: Mitrovic will be very interested to hear the outcome of this as well

@willjoy13: Give that man a raise. Robertson deserved it

@dmc1978efc: Mitrovic got an 8 match ban for laying hands on an official so it should be the same here. The linesman has shrugged him off as he’s allowed to do. Nothing to be investigated! If Robertson doesn’t get a ban Fulham have grounds to appeal.

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