Richarlison facing Football Association investigation after picking up smoke grenade thrown onto pitch and throwing it back into Everton fans at Goodison Park during win over Chelsea

Everton forward Richarlison is facing an investigation from the Football Association for throwing a lit smoke grenade back into the Toffees’ fans during their win over Chelsea. The Brazilian pounced on some poor defending by Cesar Azpilicueta, dispossessing the Spaniard before slotting the ball past Edouard Mendy to give Everton a crucial 1-0 win. It […]

Richarlison facing Football Association investigation after picking up smoke grenade thrown onto pitch and throwing it back into Everton fans at Goodison Park during win over Chelsea

Everton forward Richarlison is facing an investigation from the Football Association for throwing a lit smoke grenade back into the Toffees’ fans during their win over Chelsea.

The Brazilian pounced on some poor defending by Cesar Azpilicueta, dispossessing the Spaniard before slotting the ball past Edouard Mendy to give Everton a crucial 1-0 win.

Richarlison showed the required composure to put Everton ahead on 46 minutes
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He did the classic knee slide celebration to begin with
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But later celebrated too excessively
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It could be a crucial moment in their survival bid and the scenes were understandably very lively when Richarlison scored.

However, he was guilty of being too exuberant in his celebrations, lobbing the lit smoke canister into spectators sat in their famous Gwladys Street Stand after it was thrown onto the pitch.

There did not appear to be any malice in Richarlison’s decision to throw the flare and he wasn’t punished by referee Kevin Friend.

However, the 24-year-old may be subject to retrospective action. The PA news agency reports the FA will investigate the incident.

An Everton spokesperson said: “We will look into the matter but, as far we are concerned, Richarlison was attempting to throw it out of the ground.”

In February, Liverpool man Harvey Elliott was contacted by the FA after handling a red smoke canister following the side’s Carabao Cup victory at Wembley. Pyrotechnics are banned from football stadiums in England.

A player throwing something into his own fans is particularly surprising
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