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18-Oct-2020, 03:55 am

'Sheer over-dedication' - Richarlison messages Thiago after red-card challenge


Richarlison Everton 2020-21

Everton star Richarlison has apologised for his challenge on Thiago Alcantara in Saturday's Merseyside derby.

His dismissal looked to have cost Everton when Jordan Henderson netted in stoppage time, only for VAR to controversially disallow the goal for offside.

In his post-match comments, Jurgen Klopp suggested the severity of the injury sustained by Thiago in the challenge was unknown, though revealed: "It looks not good."

Richarlison, who hit the post with a header midway through the second half, has subsequently issued an apology to Thiago, though he insisted no harm was intended.

"Everyone who knows my background knows that I was never a violent player," Richarlison wrote in a statement issued on his official website.

"What happened today was an accidentfrom sheer over-dedication.I did not enter that dispute with the intention of hurting Thiago.

"When I saw that the collisionwas going to happen, I picked up my foot and hit him with my knee, which was inevitable due to the speed of the play.

"I already sent a message to him apologising and I also do it here publicly.I hope he hasn't been hurt and that everything is fine.

"I also apologise to my team-mates, my club and my fans for leaving them with one less player at the end of the game.Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do to change what happened, other than to reflect, work and move on."

Richarlison's dismissal was the 22nd in a Premier League clash between Liverpool and Everton, who have been shown 15 red cards.

On top of a possible injury for Thiago, Liverpool also have concerns over Virgil van Dijk, who was forced off after a challenge from Jordan Pickford – who escaped punishment – early on.

Jordan Henderson revealed after the match that Pickford had also apologised for his role in that incident.


Source : goal.com

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