Everton took a 2-0 win at Brighton on Saturday afternoon, but the flashpoint of the game came when Richarlison clashed with club captain Seamus Coleman and other teammates as he refused to let Dominic Calvert-Lewin take a penalty.
The incident in the second half saw Coleman forced to drag the Brazilian striker away from the penalty spot.
Richarlison in penalty row with Calvert-Lewin and Seamus Coleman
Everton were 1-0 up when they were awarded a penalty ten minutes into the second half. Joel Veltman clattered into Everton captain Seamus Coleman and Everton were given the chance to double their lead.
Designated penalty taker Dominic Calvert-Lewin was looking for the ball in the area, before realising Richarlison had grabbed it and was refusing to allow Calvert-Lewin to take the penalty.
Irishman Seamus Coleman stepped in and tried to reason with Richarlison, before eventually dragging him away from the penalty spot with the help of Andros Townsend. Richarlison was livid, and had to be restrained by Coleman, Townsend, and Allan as Calvert-Lewin lined up to take the penalty.
The incident will play automatically when you click on the video below.
Eventually, the penalty was converted, and Richarlison reluctantly joined in the celebrations, while looking as angry as we've seen a Premier League player in a long time.
Surreal: Everton win penalty. Richarlison grabs ball, refuses to hand it to designated penalty taker Calvert Lewin. Everton players have to beg him to give it up. Iced by own player, DCL still converts. Richarlison celebrates angrily like Itchy & Scratchy combined in human form pic.twitter.com/0VmCep3s5c
— roger bennett (@rogbennett) August 28, 2021
The reaction on social media was overwhelmingly negative, with Everton fans and neutrals alike criticising Richarlison for his conduct, as well as questioning why he felt he should usurp Everton's established penalty taker Calvert-Lewin.
Richarlison if he actually took the pen: pic.twitter.com/TlAqbsLQWd
— Kyle (@KyIeverton) August 28, 2021
Everton went on to win the game 2-0 and climb to second in the table at the end of the Saturday 3pm kick-offs.