The Brazil international scored his team’s winning goal just a minute into the second half at Goodison Park.
It was a potentially huge moment, with the relegation-threatened Toffees five points adrift of safety at kick-off, but amid the celebrations, Richarlison appeared to pick up a flare from the pitch and throw it towards the stands. Even though it was a possible red-card offence, VAR did not examine it during the game.
Everton are due to travel to Leicester on Sunday before a midweek trip to Watford and a home clash against Brentford on 15 May.
Taking to Twitter, Johnson pondered the possibility of Richarlison being hit with a suspension for those three matches, although the outcome of any such decision could rest on where the flare ultimately landed.
Sharing footage of the incident, he tweeted: “Will Richarlison face a three-match ban? Possibly. Much may depend upon where he threw it. Did it land in the fans or did he throw it out of the stadium? I suspect it didn’t land in the fans, so he might escape with a fine or censure.”
Johnson isn’t the only one to raise the possibility of a ban for Richarlison. Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett believes that the incident is worthy of a one-match suspension at a ‘minimum’.
However, former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has come to the Brazilian’s defence, insisting that ‘you wouldn’t think for one minute that he’s thrown it into his supporters’.
Everton will be nervously awaiting a decision on any possible ban, given the importance of Richarlison. First and foremost, he’s their top scorer this season with nine goals in 29 appearances.
That figure alone doesn’t fully outline how vital he is to the cause, though. In the past five years, no Premier League player has scored more goals directly impacting the outcome of games, so for Everton to lose him now over one spontaneous incident could be calamitous.
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