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10th Oct 2022

FA reviewing incident involving Arsenal and Liverpool players after clash

Tobi Akingbade

‘Whatever happens on that pitch stays on that pitch.’

The Football Association is weighing up whether to launch an investigation after an incident involving players from both sides towards the end of Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Liverpool.

Proceedings were briefly paused as Michael Oliver, the referee, ran to the touchline to speak with the managers, Mikel Arteta and Jürgen Klopp, during added time.

It is understood to have referred to an argument that erupted inside the Liverpool penalty area and involved several players.

Amid the fracas, Gabriel Magalhães (Arsenal) was seen in heated discussion with Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) and gesturing towards Oliver, according to reports.

Players from both sides clashed following referee Michael Oliver’s award of a penalty to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Oliver also spoke to both managers on the touchline after the incident.

The FA will speak with Oliver and his officiating team before deciding if any further steps should be taken.

An FA spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident that took place during the match between Arsenal and Liverpool. We are in dialogue with the match officials and will review the details of the incident.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said in his post-match television interview he was “not allowed” to divulge any more details.

Arteta told a press conference afterwards: “It was an incident that happened. Whatever happens on that pitch stays on that pitch.”

Bukayo Saka’s penalty in the 76th minute won the match for Arsenal, who went to the top of the Premier League with the victory.

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