Soccer-Richarlison to miss Spurs' season opener due to one-game suspension

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Crystal Palace - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - May 19, 2022 Everton's Richarlison celebrates their third goal Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur's new signing Richarlison will miss their opening game of the season after he was suspended by the Football Association (FA) for one match for throwing a flare off the field while playing for Everton against Chelsea last season.

Richarlison, who joined Tottenham from Everton last week for a reported fee of 50 million pounds ($59.53 million) plus up to 10 million in add-ons, threw the flare after his goal in Everton's 1-0 Premier League win over Chelsea at Goodison Park in May.

The 25-year-old celebrated his 46th-minute goal by picking up the flare, which had landed on the field, and throwing it back towards the stand.

The FA said in a statement on Tuesday that Richarlison admitted his conduct was improper and that he had been fined 25,000 pounds ($30,050) for the incident.

Brazil forward Richarlison, who scored 53 goals for Everton, has joined Tottenham in a deal reported to be worth an initial 50 million pounds.

The north London club begin their Premier League season with a home match against Southampton on Aug. 6.

($1 = 0.8400 pounds)

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Fallon and Christian Radnedge)

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