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Premier League referee Michael Salisbury has also been axed from this weekend’s fixtures (Image: Getty)

Michael Salisbury will not be involved in this week’s round of Premier League fixures after the PGMOL issued an apology for the VAR official not awarding Brighton a clear penalty in their hotly-contested clash with Brighton last weekend. The decision not to keep Salisbury on for this weekend’s set of fixtures also comes after an investigation was launched over an alleged elbow from assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis on Liverpool defender Andy Robertson during the match at Anfield.

The PGMOL confirmed that Hatzidakis will not officiate any match in the Premier League until the investigation has been completed. A statement from the PGMOL read: “PGMOL will not be appointing Constantine Hatzidakis to fixtures in any of the competition it serves whilst The FA investigates the incident involving the assistant referee and Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson at Anfield.”

The decision to stand Hatzidakis down was made on Sunday, but the incident wasn’t the only controversial refereeing decision from the weekend. PGMOL’s chief refereeing officer Howard Webb reached out to Brighton to apologise after his side were denied a penalty from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s challenge on Kaoru Mitoma.

Referee Stuart Attwell waved away protests from the Brighton players with the VAR, Salisbury, failing to overturn the on-pitch decision. The penalty incident happened with the game still level at 1-1 with Tottenham going on to score a winner through Harry Kane.

Constantine Hatzidakis is under investigation for his alleged elbow on Andy Robertson (Image: Getty)

There was also another incident that went unpunished late on when Clement Lenglet got away with pulling Lewis Dunk’s shirt. Frustrations from the pitch boiled over on the touchline with both Roberto De Zerbi and Cristian Stellini being sent off.

But the Brighton boss opted against condemning the officials after the match. “No, I don’t want to speak about VAR or referee,” he said.

“I think there were a lot of situations that were very, very clear. You can take your idea about this.”

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The relationship between clubs, players and the PGMOL appear to be an all-time low and former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has called on Webb to organise a stakeholders meeting to try and “reassure” everyone.

“Howard Webb, the PGMOL boss, is smart enough to know that bringing everyone together in the same room can only help his cause,” he wrote in the Daily Mail. “That should include representatives from the players, managers and clubs.

“He should reassure them by saying, ‘Look, we have these problems and this is how we are going to address them’. If you open dialogue with people and are honest, then everyone can work together to help referees and restore respect.”

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