Eric Bailly has offered a heartfelt apology to Richarlison after the Everton striker was forced to come off during Everton’s Carabao Cup clash with Manchester United.
The Toffees forward was involved in an ugly looking collision with Bailly, with Richarlison appearing to be unconscious after the initial contact.
He was then given extensive treatment by Everton’s club doctor, before it was decided he wouldn’t return to the action.
Bailly faced some criticism for the clumsy aerial challenge, while Bruno Fernandes was also blamed for seemingly pushing the Brazilian into the United defender.
Following the game, Bailly shared an image of the clash on social media, before offering his apologies in a subsequent public post.
Shortly after that, he disclosed a personal conversation with Richarlison, with Bailly offering his well wishes to the stricken striker.
He messaged the Everton forward saying: “I’m sorry mate, take care of your health little brother, you are the best”.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti gave a positive update on Richarlison following the game, claiming there would no immediate signs of lasting damage.
“Richarlison is fine now,” he said. “It is no problem. We are going to check in the next few days what is going on.
“Fortunately, he was OK afterwards.”
He added: “I think it was an unfortunate challenge. Dangerous, yes, but all of the players were at risk I think.”
The player was seen protesting with Everton club doctor John Hollingsworth, with Ancelotti revealing he had the final decision about his substitution.
“Our doctor had total control of the situation, he decided to take him off and I was in total agreement with him,” the Italian added.
“He had control of the situation and the welfare of the player.”
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It was one of two controversial incidents in Everton’s 2-0 defeat, with Edinson Cavani also avoiding punishment for putting his hand round Yerry Mina’s thoat in a second-half scuffle.
However, with no VAR in play, Ancelotti refused to use the lack of technology as any kind of excuse for their Carabao Cup exit.
“We [him and the players] didn’t talk about this at the end of the game,” he said.
“The rules are that VAR does not happen in the game and so if the referee decides that Cavani did not do anything wrong then we need to accept this. Full stop.”
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