Richarlison in hiding after flagrant ball control skills backlash

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Tottenham Hotspur forward Richarlison is said to be in “a secure location” following his outrage-inducing display of ball-control skills at the City Ground in Nottingham on Sunday, Paddy Power News has learned.

The Brazilian forward caused consternation in his side’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest when he controlled the ball and did a couple of keepy-uppies before being kicked into the middle of next week by Brennan Johnson.


“There’s no place in the game for that,” a furious Steve Cooper raged at the full-time whistle.

“If I saw one of my lads demonstrate basic ball control technique like that in a game he’d be hooked off straightaway and stuck with the under-23’a for a month.

“In fact, Jesse Lingard tried to control the ball in his first training session after he signed and I told him ‘Any more of that and you can p*ss off to Al-Nasr, son’.”

“He’s not trapped the ball once since,” he recounted with an air of satisfaction at his post-match press conference.

And there was an equally furious backlash to the disrespectful display across social media where one prominent commentator described it as a “spit in the face to your fellow professionals”, while Forest fans vented their ire in droves at the tricky forward.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JULY 23: Richarlison of Tottenham Hotspur is fouled by John Souttar of Rangers during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur at Ibrox Stadium on July 23, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

In a quickly-deleted Instagram video after the game the player only fanned the flames of outrage as he juggled a rolled-up sock in the victorious Spurs dressing room during a 12-second clip featuring the caption  “Triggered?” and several cry-laughing emojis.

“Ever see Clough punch that fan? That’s you next time m8,” one indignant fan posted in reply.

The Brazilian’s alleged to have responded “Ok, see you in 2038 lol,”  before the post was quickly taken down.

And others were even more vicious in their condemnation of the basic display of ball control, with so many variations of swearwords used we’d run out of asterisks if we were to quote them all.

In fact, the only way to tell that they were related to the Forest-Spurs game rather than random outbursts of vitriol is that each managed to crowbar a reference to winning two European cups into the stream of invective.

Indeed, such were the concerns about the player’s safety following the game, authorities advised Tottenham to find a secure, safe space that no one would ever want to visit, even by chance,

Rumours suggest it may be the Tottenham trophy room but they are yet to be confirmed.

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