Richarlison sparks fury by throwing a LIT FLARE at fans in the Goodison Park stands after scoring for Everton against Chelsea in their crucial Premier League clash
- Richarlison scored the opening goal of the game for Everton against Chelsea
- A flare came onto the pitch at the Gwladys Street End during the celebrations
- He went over and picked up the lit flare before throwing it back into the crowd
- According to reports, the bizarre incident will now be investigated by the FA
Richarlison appeared to throw a lit flare back into the crowd after scoring for Everton against Chelsea on Sunday - and the incident will come under investigation from the Football Association, according to reports.
After a relatively uneventful first half at Goodison Park, the Brazilian forward pounced on a Cesar Azpilicueta mistake to slide the ball past Edouard Mendy to put the hosts in front.
His goal sparked jubilant scenes as Richarlison and his team-mates celebrated at the Gwladys Street End.
Richarlison picked up a lit flare after scoring for Everton against Chelsea on Sunday
He opted to run with the flare after breaking away from his team-mates
Amid the celebrations, a flare came onto the pitch, with Richarlison then going over to pick it up before hurling it back towards the fans.
His actions are set to come under scrutiny by the FA, however, as claimed by i.
The 24-year-old's goal was his ninth strike in all competitions this season - he has two goals more than Everton's next highest scorer, Andros Townsend.
It could prove to be a crucial moment in Everton's bid for survival, with the club currently in the bottom three heading into the final weeks of their campaign.
The forward then decided to launch the flare back into the crowd behind the goal
However, the well-taken goal was somewhat overshadowed by his decision to throw a flare into a packed stand of fans.
His actions have been widely criticised 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?'
Social media users reacted to the incident with fury, and demanded harsh action against him
'Can't believe Richarlison just chucked a flare back into a stand made of wood with no punishment,' a third wrote. 'Meanwhile, Harvey Elliott picks one up off the pitch and celebrates and gets an FA investigation...'
'Wait was Richarlison not shown a yellow card for throwing a flare into the crowd? Yet you get a booking for taking your shirt off or for celebrating with the fans?' another asked.
'Why has the FA not launched and concluded an investigation into Richarlison throwing a flare into the crowd,' a fifth joked. 'He should already be in jail imo.'
Meanwhile, a sixth said: 'Richarlison has got to consider himself luck for not getting sent for an early shower after throwing a flare back into the crowd... not sure it was malicious, just stupid and dangerous.'
The flare was visibly lit and burning, so posed a substantial health hazard for the supporters packed into the stand.
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.
'Harvey is a very young man on the pitch,' boss Jurgen Klopp said on the incident. 'And outside he is still a little bit more a boy.'
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