Richarlison Receives '10,000 WhatsApp Messages' In Five Minutes After Phone Number Is Leaked Online
In a fiesty Merseyside derby on Saturday afternoon the Brazilian forward was sent off for a high challenge on Liverpool midfelder Thiago Alcantara, sparking fury from many angry supporters online.
Richarlison later apologised for the tackle, releasing a statement on his official website to give his version of events.
But days later, after Neymar filmed himself holding his mobile up to the camera while live streaming popular game Counter Strike on Twitch, the phone number of Richarlison appeared on screen.
NEYMAR E RICHARLISON KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK pic.twitter.com/ipV43UIUIC
- Futmais (@futtmais) October 18, 2020
The PSG striker soon confessed to his "mistake" seconds later, according to The Mirror, saying: "I think I've just shown your number without meaning to. I swear it was an accident."
Neymar then turned around the camera and got Richarlison to say hello to his viewers. "We're online. Give a wave." he said. "You're going to have to change your number now."
His mistake led thousands of people to contact the Everton forward and, in response to the flurry of WhatsApp messages, Richarlison threatened to block those who called him.
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5 minutos e já tem mais de 10 mil msgs♂️ obrigado @neymarjr
- Richarlison Andrade (@richarlison97) October 18, 2020
As mentioned earlier, Richarlison has since apologised for his ill-timed challenge on Thiago Alcantara, who appears to have damaged his right knee from the force of the tackle.
"Everyone who knows my background knows that I was never a violent player," the Brazilian wrote.
"I did not enter that dispute with the intention of hurting Thiago. When I saw that the crash was going to happen, I picked up my foot and hit him with my knee in the pass, 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 teammates, my club and my fans for leaving them with one less 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."
That Richarlison tackle on Thiago is shocking. How has he not broke his leg with that? pic.twitter.com/nKUWmtQ2SU
- GlazersCashCow FC :flag_ye::beginner: (@glazerscashcow) October 19, 2020
Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman was on commentary for BT Sport when the horrific tackle was made and told viewers he had to turn away as the replays were too much for him to handle.
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