Richarlison flare toss is under investigation by FA and could face a three-game ban

Richarlison is in hot water with the FA after picking up a flaming blue flare and tossing it back into the Goodison crowd as he celebrated Everton’s winning goal against Chelsea

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Richarlison could face a three-game suspension while the FA investigate everton striker for threw a flare into the Goodison crowd.

The Brazilian gave Frank Lampard’s team a lifeline in the relegation battle with three important points against Thomas Tuchel’s men. Richarlison pounced on Cesar Azpilicueta’s mistake Fire a Low blow past Edouard Mendy to win 1-0.

But the striker is in hot water with the FA afterwards pick up a lit blue torch and toss it back into the crowd as he celebrated his goal with an investigation set to be opened by the governing body. The FA confirmed an inquiry is likely to be carried out when they receive referee Kevin Friend’s reports First League Matchday delegates.

The FA’s rules on a ‘non-standard’ incident mean a punishment is unlikely to come into play for at least two weeks. Wembley bosses will also not review the video evidence until Tuesday as Monday is a bank holiday. Richarlison could face a three-game ban, which is the maximum penalty, but he could walk away with a fine and a stern warning.

A spokesman for the Everton club said: “We will investigate the matter but as far as we are concerned Richarlison has tried to get it off the ground.”

Earlier this year, the FA sent a written warning to Harvey Elliott after he was spotted picking up a flare after the Carabao Cup final Liverpool secured a penalty shootout victory Chelsea.

Lampard was delighted with the courage Everton showed and credited the Goodison loyalists for spurring his side on as they sealed a crucial win. He told Sky Sports: “It was difficult. They are always a team that will take you down late under pressure. We did great. The team, the stadium, the fans were the man of the match today. From the driveway to the support we need. Thank you.

“The fans are right in the middle. I’m glad the players got to see what it means to the fans along the way. You know that and you understand it. They came in behind us, were really aggressive, this place is a must. The results here at Goodison were good before I came, we have to keep that.

Richarlison tosses a flare back into the Goodison crowd

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“We have to fight for points, we’re in the relegation zone and we have to approach every game with the same motivation. You [the players] need to show they care. I like it. You don’t have to go over the limit, you have to show that you care, that’s what the fans want to see. I pushed them a bit before the game because the situation is clear. We need to be at that level in all of our remaining games. That has to keep coming in, and if it doesn’t, we have to sort it out.

Jordan Pickford made a series of saves to deny Chelsea an equalizer and Lampard gushed about England’s no. He added: “Jordan (Pickford) made great saves. They are Chelsea and they will have chances but we had chances too. Jordan is such a great kid, he’s England’s number one and that’s why.”

“This is goalkeeping at the highest level. I’m happy with him and all the players and all the substitutes.”

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