Everton receive police request over Richarlison flare incident as FA 'pause' investigation


Merseyside Police have asked Everton to provide their observations after their forward Richarlison picked up a lit flare after netting what proved to be the all-important winner in Sunday’s 1-0 triumph over Chelsea at Goodison Park. The Football Association have now decided to pause their investigation while the police co-operate with the Toffees.

Emotions were running high amid the heat of the Premier League relegation battle following Burnley’s 2-1 at Watford on Saturday.

Shortly after half-time, Richarlison robbed Cesar Azpiliceuta of possession before cooly slotting past Edouard Mendy.

The Brazilian international then picked up the object before seemingly hurling it back towards the stand.

Everton supporters inside the ground have since pointed out that Richarlison threw the flare to the side of supporters but Merseyside Police want answers.

Meanwhile, the FA have paused their investigation that could see Richarlison slapped with anything from a three-match ban to a fine.

However, Express Sport understands the early indications are that Richarlison will escape a ban and instead face a fine.

The same punishment was handed out to Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott following the Reds’ Carabao Cup final triumph over Chelsea at Wembley in February.

Elliott was pictured with the flare during his side’s celebrations, prompting the FA to contact Liverpool.

Pyrotechnics are banned inside all football stadiums in England.

Everton manager Frank Lampard was full of praise for his frontman after he helped Everton secure a priceless three points in their quest for survival.

“I prodded Richy pre-game because he always gives that sort of effort but it has to be directed in the right way, in terms of energy and output to put people under pressure,” Lampard said.

“When he gets his chances he has to be clinical. For the level of striker he can be, he has to be clinical and he was today.”


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