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Everton: Richarlison escapes FIFA punishment

Everton have been involved in a dramatic saga over the last few days involving one of their star players; Richarlison.

Premier League teams took a collective stance over the international break when sides agreed not to send players to red-list countries.

However, FIFA have come together with the relevant national bodies of various nations in a bid to ban players who didn’t travel for five days.

That would mean that any affected player would not be able to play for their club in the top-flight this weekend.

Brazilian players have been hit the hardest with the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Alisson, Ederson and Fabinho among the high profile names to be banned.

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However, Everton have been treated leniently by Brazil and they will have Richarlison available to select when the Toffees face Burnley next Monday.

The Merseyside outfit has a particularly healthy relationship with the Brazilian FA after they allowed the striker to go to the Olympics earlier this summer.

Richarlison was a key part of their gold medal triumph as the Everton star scored five goals en route to the top of the medal rostrum. As such, the Brazilian FA has decided not to invoke a ban on the Toffees’ forward.

This will come as a huge boost for Rafa Benitez who will no doubt be delighted to have the attacker available.

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After all, Dominic Calvert-Lewin remains a doubt for the game with a broken toe and thus, he may need his Brazilian dynamo to play through the middle.

He has scored once this term but played in a central role at the Olympics and thrived, netting a 30-minute first-half hat-trick against Germany at one stage.

Calvert-Lewin is the player who usually carries the load from an offensive point of view and if Benitez was without both him and Richarlison, they would have struggled significantly.

Instead, they will face Sean Dyche’s men with extra confidence now after this saga was resolved.

The 24-year-old only scored once in his last 12 outings towards the end of last term and has failed to register a single assist in 2021.

However, he still finished last season as one of the club’s most important offensive players with 13 strikes to his name.

Consequently, it will be a seismic advantage to have him available.

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