"Whatever happens" - Assistant Referee who clashed with Liverpool's Andy Robertson finally finally
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“Whatever happens” – Assistant Referee who clashed with Liverpool’s Andy Robertson finally speaks

“Whatever happens” – Assistant Referee who clashed with Liverpool’s Andy Robertson finally speaks

For the first time since his controversial clash with Andy Robertson during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday, linesman Constantine Hatzidakis has spoken publicly.

At halftime of the encounter at Anfield, Hatzidakis seemed to elbow the Reds defender, and the Scottish international was even booked for his protestations to referee Paul Tierney.

Since then, the Professional Game Match Official Limited (PGMOL), which oversees Premier League officials, has announced that the official will not return to duty until the FA’s inquiry is completed.

"Whatever happens" - Assistant Referee who clashed with Liverpool's Andy Robertson finally finally
“Whatever happens” – Assistant Referee who clashed with Liverpool’s Andy Robertson finally finally

They issued the following statement:  PGMOL will not be appointing Constantine Hatzidakis to fixtures in any of the competitions.

“It serves whilst The FA investigates the incident involving the assistant referee and Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson at Anfield.”

Hatzidakis has now spoken out about the incident.

Speaking to The Express outside his south London house on Tuesday, he said: “Whatever happens, happens.

“There is nothing more I can say at the moment. I can’t talk about what happened.”

Sky Sports analyst and former Manchester United player Roy Keane called Robertson a “baby” for his reaction to the event.

Keane said: “What’s he going over to him for and what’s he complaining for?

“I said at half-time, Robertson, what a big baby. What a big baby. Just get on with the game.”

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“Whatever happens” – Assistant Referee who clashed with Liverpool’s Andy Robertson finally speaks