Speaking days after the incident, Everton manager Frank Lampard, who is usually cheeky about his criticism of refereeing and post-game penalties, chose to keep his thoughts to himself and wait for the FA to reveal its verdict.
“He’s being examined by the police at the moment and we as a club are doing everything we can to communicate with them as best we can. It’s an emotional game, isn’t it?” My first job is to protect Everton Football Club for the players, for the club itself and for the fans.
“I can’t talk about it. I have to answer the FA and at this point I can’t talk about it anymore. said Lampard.
While the manager opted to avoid controversy, those higher up in the club’s hierarchy came to the rescue of their stars, defending the action as nothing but a mistake. “We’ll look into it but, as far as we’re concerned, Richarlison was trying to throw him off the ground,” an Everton spokesman told The Guardian.
The saga ends
On Wednesday morning, a month after the incident, the English FA slammed Brazil for breaking Premier League rules and the panel gave the Everton striker until June 8 to appeal the accusation.
The statement read: “Richarlison de Andrade has been charged with breaching FA Rule E3 following Everton FC’s Premier League game against Chelsea FC on Sunday 1 May 2022.
“It is alleged that the striker’s conduct in the 46th minute of the game was inappropriate. He has until Wednesday June 8, 2022 to provide a response”
Shortly after the verdict was announced, Richarlison then took to his official Twitter page to post an edited photo of the incident with the blue tint of the lit rocket standing out particularly.
While the striker is clearly unhappy with the verdict, rather than lash out and face further punishment, he opted to protest the decision via his personal platform.
Everton are yet to respond to the verdict at the time of this publication.