Spurs' Richarlison accused of punching Sevilla player

Tottenham Hotspur v Sevilla - Pre-season Friendly

Richarlison was accused of punching a Sevilla player during Tottenham’s friendly on Saturday.

Spurs drew 1-1 against their Spanish opponents in Suwon, with Harry Kane’s second half opener being cancelled out by Ivan Rakitic.

But on the stroke of half time, tempers flared between both sets of players.

Son Heung-min appeared to accidentally elbow Montiel in the face, causing a cut. As the referee signalled for half time, Montiel confronted Son. The South Korean responded and a little scuffle ensued.

Richarlison, who has only been at Spurs a matter of weeks, stuck up for his teammate and has been accused of punching a Sevilla player.

Footage from behind shows Richarlison retaliating to Sevilla’s protests as he appears to throw a little jab. Whether it was a jab or a push, Spurs fans were loving his commitment to the club so early in his career.

VIDEO: Richarlison accused of punching Sevilla player

However, a new angle has emerged and it appears to show the Sevilla player throwing a punch first as Richarlison retaliates.

Whatever happened, it showed Richarlison already has that fighting spirit and passion to play for Spurs.

After making his Spurs debut in a friendly against a K-League XI – a friendly in which Tottenham won 6-3, manager Antonio Conte explained exactly why he signed the Brazilian.

“He’s a good character and has good qualities,” Spurs boss Conte said.

“We are working on the tactical aspect with him because he has to go into our idea and also the physical aspect because he has to be fit. He is a player who gives me important options. I’m very happy that we signed him.”

Tottenham Hotspur v Sevilla - Pre-season Friendly

However, former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes Richarlison could potentially cause problems if he’s left out the side.

“Not sure on Richarlison really,” Redknapp admitted. “Not sure where he’s going to play, if he’s going to play. He looks to me if he doesn’t play he’s not the type of lad that’s going to be a happy bunny. If he’s not in the team I think he will be a problem.

“But if he is in the team, he will have to play up there with Son, and Kane in behind. Whether he plays three at the back, two in the midfield, I’m not sure yet.

“But if he’s not the starting line-up I think he could be a problem at Tottenham.”

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