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Richarlison apologises for ‘charge’ on Thiago: ‘It was over-dedication’

Brazilian forward Richarlison has apologised for his hard challenge on Thiago Alcantara. Everton and Liverpool battled to a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday as Richarlison was sent off the pitch with a red card following a hard tackle on Thiago, who made his first Premier League start since he signed for Liverpool from Bayern Munich this summer. The Spanish midfielder has to leave the pitch as he was unable to continue after the tackle made by Richarlison.

“Everyone who knows my background knows that I was never a violent player,” the Everton forward wrote in a statement issued on his official website. “What happened today was an accident from sheer over-dedication. I did not enter that dispute with the intention of hurting Thiago. When I saw that the collision was 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.”

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