FA to investigate Richarlison’s flare launch

Richarlison faces an investigation by the Football Association for throwing a flaming smoke grenade after scoring Everton’s winning goal against Chelsea.

The Brazilian scored a second-half minute at Goodison Park on Sunday as Everton held on for a 1-0 victory that puts them two points from safety in the Premier League.

In the celebrations that followed Richarlison’s goal, fans released a canister of lit blue smoke onto the pitch.

Richarlison responded by picking up the object and throwing it, although it was unclear where it landed.

An Everton spokesman said: “We will look into the matter but as far as we are concerned Richarlison was trying to throw it overboard.”

It is understood that the FA will investigate the incident.

In February, the FA contacted Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott after handling a canister of red smoke following the team’s League Cup win at Wembley.

Pyrotechnics are prohibited in football stadiums in England.

Everton remain in the relegation zone with five games to play.

But the win puts them within two points of Burnley and Leeds, with the Toffees having one game in hand to both of their rivals.

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