Richarlison angers Liverpool fans with deleted tweet after Thiago horror tackle
Everton midfielder Richarlison has further drawn the ire of Liverpool fans by trying to defend his horror tackle on Thiago Alcantara.
The Brazilian was given his marching orders in the 90th minute of Saturday's 2-2 draw at Goodson Park following a horrific knee-high challenge on the Reds midfielder.
The former Watford man apologised for his reckless challenge via a statement on his official website on Saturday evening.
That apology, however, was quickly deleted from his page.
“Everyone who knows my background knows that I was never a violent player," Richarlison said in his since-deleted statement.
“What happened today was a fatality from sheer over-dedication. I did not enter that dispute with the intention of hurting Thiago.
“When I saw that the crash was going to happen, I picked up my foot and hit him with my knee in the pass, 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.
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“I also apologise to my teammates, my club and my fans for leaving them with one less 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.”
The 23-year-old then proceeded to further defend himself by tweeting a picture of the challenge from a different angle, which further enraged the Anfield faithful.
That tweet, like his statement, was swiftly deleted.
Richarlison then proceeded to engage an angry Liverpool fan who accused him of “repeatedly" making dangerous tackles, saying: “Repeatedly? When did I do this before?
Richarlison and his Everton team-mates will be back in action next Sunday, travelling to St. Mary's to take on Southampton.
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