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The English Football Association on Wednesday charged Richarlison for throwing a flare during Everton’s win over Chelsea.

Richarlison picked up a live smoke grenade which had been thrown onto the Goodison Park pitch moments after he scored the game’s only goal on May 1.

The Brazil international subsequently flung the canister into an empty corner of the Gwladys Street End as part of his celebration against the Londoners.

Blues’ officials insisted that Richarlison had retrieved and subsequently aimed the object into an area without supporters present as an act of public safety.

Although referee Kevin Friend took no action on the matter at the time, the FA hit the 25-year-old with a retrospective charge on Wednesday morning.

A statement from the English FA confirmed:

Richarlison de Andrade has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 following Everton FC’s Premier League fixture against Chelsea FC on Sunday 1 May 2022.

It is alleged the forward’s conduct in the 46th minute of the fixture was improper.

He has until Wednesday 8 June 2022 to provide a response.

Shortly after the announcement from English football’s governing body, Richarlison posted an image of him holding the device on Twitter.

The player’s charge arrived less than 24 hours after Frank Lampard had been issued with a £30,000 fine for comments made after the Merseyside derby.

By Amara

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