Everton striker Richarlison is facing a Football Association investigation for throwing a lit smoke grenade at Toffees fans during their win over Chelsea.
The Brazilian pounced on a poor defense from Cesar Azpilicueta, dispossessing the Spaniard before slotting the ball past Edouard Mendy to give Everton a crucial 1-0 win.
It could be a pivotal moment in their bid for survival and the scenes were understandably heated when Richarlison scored.
However, he was guilty of being too exuberant in his celebrations, throwing the lit smoke canister at spectators seated in their famous Gwladys street stall after he was thrown onto the pitch.
There does not appear to be any malice in Richarlison’s decision to launch the flare and he was not punished by referee Kevin Friend.
However, the 24-year-old may be subject to retroactive action. The PA news agency reports that the FA will investigate the incident.
An Everton spokesperson said: “We will look into it but, as far as we are concerned, Richarlison was trying to throw him off the ground.”
In February, Liverpool man Harvey Elliott was contacted by the FA after handling a canister of red smoke following the team’s Carabao Cup victory at Wembley. Pyrotechnics are banned in football stadiums in England.
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