Premier League assistant referee Constantine Hatsidakis has apologized to Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson for elbowing him during Sunday’s 2–2 draw against Arsenal at Anfield. After a thorough investigation, the Football Association (FA) has confirmed that Hatsidakis will face no sanctions.
Television footage showed Hatsidakis and Robertson in a confrontation as the teams left the pitch at half-time. Robertson appeared to touch the referee’s arm, prompting Hatsidakis to swing his elbow into Robertson’s face.
However, the FA has announced that Hatsidakis will not face any punishment after reviewing video evidence and testimony from referees, players and witnesses.
An FA spokesman said: “We have thoroughly reviewed all evidence relating to the recent incident at Anfield between Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson and referee Constantine Hatsidakis and will take no further action.”
According to ESPN Hatsidakis personally apologized to Robertson, who accepted it. ESPN also revealed that Liverpool are satisfied with the outcome and process.
Hatsidakis said: “I fully cooperated with the FA’s investigation and spoke directly with Andy Robertson in an open and positive conversation. It was not my intention to make contact with Andy when I pushed his arm away, so I apologize. I look forward to refereeing again.”
Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) had stood Hatsidakis down on April 10 pending the investigation but has now confirmed he will be available for fixtures this weekend.
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