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EXCLUSIVE: Richarlison will have his debut at Tottenham DELAYED as the FA decide to hand him a one-match ban for his infamous firework-throwing incident at Everton, meaning he will miss facing Southampton… but is back for Chelsea trip
- Richarlison had sparked fury by throwing a lit flare back into the stands in May
- He hurled the missile into the crowd after scoring in Everton’s win over Chelsea
- The Brazilian has since left the Toffees in a £60million move to Tottenham
- He will now miss their season opener against Southampton on August 6
New Tottenham signing Richarlison is set to be handed a one-match ban by the Football Association for his infamous firework throwing incident last season.
The Brazil international joined Spurs in a deal worth £60million last week, but his debut for Antonio Conte’s side will be delayed following an investigation by the governing body into the flashpoint that took place in the game against Chelsea in May.
The 25-year-old scored the winner in a 1-0 win over Thomas Tuchel’s side, a result that was crucial towards the club’s successful fight against relegation.
Tottenham’s new signing Richarlison will miss the first game of the season after being handed a one-game ban for throwing this flare while playing for Everton vs Chelsea last term in May
Richarlison had picked up a lit flare after scoring for Everton against Chelsea on May 2
After seeing it on the pitch, Richarlison decided to launch the flare back into the crowd
It means Tottenham’s new £60m signing can’t make his debut until they play Chelsea in August
But during the game, Richarlison launched a blue flare, that had found its way on the Goodison Park pitch, back into the stands – actions that sparked an FA probe.
The investigation has been concluded with FA disciplinary chiefs deeming Richarlison be handed a one match suspension – meaning he will be unavailable for Tottenham’s opener against Southampton.
Pyrotechnics are banned from football stadiums in England.
Last month, the FA confirmed in a statement that Richarlison had been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.
The cloud of smoke stretched across part of the pitch as the home fans celebrated the goal
‘It is alleged the forward’s conduct in the 46th minute of the fixture was improper,’ the governing body added.
Everton were also investigating the incident but hinted they did not feel the 25-year-old was guilty of deliberate wrongdoing.
‘We will look into the matter but, as far we we are concerned, Richarlison was attempting to throw it out of the ground,’ Everton said in a statement at the time.