Tottenham: Richarlison and Sevilla’s Alejandro Gomez clash as tensions flare in friendly
So much for the friendly game! Footage appears to show Spurs newcomer Richarlison PUNCHING Sevilla’s Alejandro Gomez in the pre-season showdown, but the reverse angle appears to show his opponent swinging first as tempers flared
- Tottenham played a heated friendly against Sevilla in South Korea
- Richarlison made his second appearance but got involved in a first-half brawl
- Footage appeared to show forward as he aimed a punch at Alejandro Gomez
- Another angle of the drama, however, shows that it was Gomez who struck first
Tottenham new boy Richardson has been accused of delivering an apparent punch to a Sevilla player during both teams’ fiery friendly in South Korea.
There was a 1-1 draw during preparations for the new season and Richarlison, Spurs’ £50m signing, seemed to make an immediate impression.
However, footage has emerged that appears to show him aiming a punch towards Alejandro Gomez as several players converged in a small riot.
Tottenham newcomer Richarlison has been accused of delivering a punch in a pre-season friendly
£50m striker Richarlison (right) has been caught on camera punching a Sevilla player
The Spaniards were furious when Son Heung-min caught Gonzalo Montiel just before half-time, leaving him with a bloody face and mouth.
Montiel had tried to tackle Ryan Sessegnon but then ran into Son’s body in the middle of the field. The forward accidentally elbowed his opponent.
Richarlison quickly intervened after the referee blew the whistle at half-time and video on social media appears to show him aiming his fist at Gomez.
Another angle of the South Korean riot, however, shows Alejandro Gomez hitting first
Several players converged on the center circle after an incident involving Son Heung-min
He was restrained by teammate Cristian Romero and eventually the hotheaded squads broke up to head down the tunnel and return to their dressing rooms.
A new angle has since emerged, however, and it seems to show Gomez swinging first in the middle of the unsightly scuffle before Richarlison then retaliates.
Neither team had netted in the ambiguous first half, although Harry Kane scored six minutes into the second half before Ivan Rakitic equalized shortly after.
Richarlison arrived from Everton in the current window after helping them ensure their survival in the Premier League and has scored 11 goals in all competitions.
Richarlison arrived from Everton this summer and made his debut against a K-League XI
After making his debut in Spurs’ 6-3 friendly win over a K-League side, coach Antonio Conte explained why he decided to bring the striker to north London.
“He’s a good character and has good qualities,” said Conte.
“We work with him on the tactical aspect because he has to respond to our idea and also on the physical aspect because he has to be fit.
“He’s a player who gives me important options. I’m very happy we signed him.’