Everton star Richarlison CHARGED by the FA for throwing a lit flare back into the crowd at Goodison Park as he celebrated winning goal in 1-0 victory over Chelsea
- Richarlison had sparked fury by throwing the lit flare back into the stands
- The Brazilian star is accused of ‘improper conduct’ following the incident
- He hurled the missile into the crowd after scoring in Everton’s 1-0 win over Chelsea
- Richarlison, 25, was widely slammed on social media for his conduct
Everton forward Richarlison has been charged by the FA for throwing a flare into the crowd after scoring the winner in his side’s vital 1-0 victory over Chelsea last month.
The Brazilian seemingly got caught up in the celebrations following his 46th-minute goal, which proved crucial in the Toffees avoiding the ignominy of relegation.
Richarlison sparked fury by hurling the lit missile, which had been thrown onto the pitch by the crowd, back into the stands at Goodison Park.
The 25-year-old posted a Tweet showing him throwing the flare as news of his FA charge emerged.
The flare was visibly lit and burning, raising concerns about the safety of supporters involved
Richarlison then decided to launch the flare back into the crowd behind the goal
Pyrotechnics are banned from football stadiums in England.
The FA confirmed in a statement that Richarlison had been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3. ‘It is alleged the forward’s conduct in the 46th minute of the fixture was improper,’ the governing body added.
Everton are also investigating the incident but hinted they did not feel the 25-year-old was guilty of deliberate wrongdoing.
‘We will look into the matter but, as far we we are concerned, Richarlison was attempting to throw it out of the ground,’ Everton said in a statement at the time.
The cloud of smoke stretched across part of the pitch as the home fans celebrated the goal
Richarlison had picked up a lit flare after scoring for Everton against Chelsea on May 2
The flare was visibly lit and burning, so posed a substantial health hazard for the supporters packed into the stand.
Richarlison was slammed for his conduct on social media. ‘Richarlison really is f****** thick,’ one fan said on Twitter. ‘Picked up a lighted (sic) flare and threw it back into the crowd. [Jamie] Carragher got a red card for throwing a coin back into the crowd years ago.’
A second added: ‘You’d think even Richarlison would have some self awareness and shame. You’re in the relegation zone even if you win. How tf are you throwing the flare in such a triumphant manner?’
In a similar incident in February, Liverpool starlet Harvey Elliott was contacted by the FA after holding a red flare at Wembley after his side won the Carabao Cup.
Social media users reacted to the incident with fury, and demanded harsh action against him
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