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Jeff Stelling has hit out at Richarlison after the forward clashed with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Andros Townsend over who should take Everton’s second-half penalty at Brighton. With the Toffees 1-0 to the good, Seamus Coleman was brought down by Dutchman Joel Veltman, offering Rafael Benitez’s side a chance to double the lead.
Demarai Gray continued his hot-streak since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen by scoring a brilliant individual goal to break the deadlock.
Everton were then able to build on that as England international striker Calvert-Lewin doubled the lead from the spot.
But before the kick was taken, he had to battle his strike partner Richarlison, who was adamant he should be taking the spot-kick.
Yet Calvert-Lewin held firm and grabbed the ball off the Brazilian after scoring from 12-yards in last week’s 2-2 draw at Leeds.
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Sky Sports reporter Sue Smith watched the drama unfold on Gillette Soccer Saturday..
She said: “There’s actually been a discussion between Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin about who is having the penalty.
“Richarlison has the ball at the moment but Dominic Calvert-Lewin is saying ‘it’s mine’ so there’s been a discussion.
“There’s still an argument on who’s taking the penalty, Richarlison isn’t happy at all.
“Dominic Calvert-Lewin has took the ball off Richarlison is absolutely fuming Jeff.
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“They tried to calm him down, Coleman has gone over to Richarlison, Allan has gone over to Richarlison and they’re just saying ‘calm down, Calvert-Lewin is the penalty taker, he’s scored so he’s taking them’.
“Richarlison just needs to calm down but it’s tough for Calvert-Lewin now, who is trying to remain focused.
“It’s not what you want, you can see Rafael Benitez isn’t happy on the side.”
Presenter Stelling then made his feelings clear on the incident after watching it back: “Richarlison’s behaviour, you cannot have that.”
Richarlison is attracting interest from Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
His agent was in Paris for talks with PSG on Friday but Everton are adamant he will be going nowhere, even if a big offer arrives.
Benitez said ahead of the trip to Brighton: “We are working on the players that we want to be sure we can get and the players that maybe we will not need. The main one, when people talk about speculation, is Richarlison.
“We are very happy with him. My idea is that 99.99 per cent he will stay. I am happy with him, he is happy here and he wants to score goals for us.
“Obviously you never know what will happen in the future but 99.99 per cent – I will repeat myself – he will stay and he will hopefully score at Brighton [on Saturday]. We are not really [under pressure to sell].
“We are working and we have to manage a little bit with the rules but I think we can do it.”
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