Football Today, July 5, 2022: Tottenham’s new signing Richarlison has been suspended from one game over the Everton flare-throwing incident

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New Spurs signing Richarlison suspended

New Tottenham signing Richarlison has been handed a one-match ban and £25,000 fine by the FA for his flare-throwing incident at Everton last season.

The Brazilian joined Spurs for an initial fee of £50million last week but his debut will now be delayed due to the suspension.

The incident happened during the Toffees’ crucial 1-0 win over Chelsea in May when the 25-year-old, who had just scored for his side, launched a flare which had landed on the Goodison Park pitch in the stands.

The striker will therefore miss his new side’s Premier League opener against Southampton, with an away trip to London rivals Chelsea the first chance for him to strike his high-flying bow for the Premier League side. ‘Antonio Conte.

Reds hero Origi completes transfer to Milan

Divock Origi has signed a four-year contract with AC Milan

Divock Origi has completed his move to Serie A champions AC Milan on a four-year deal.

The Belgian striker was available for free after leaving Liverpool when his contract expired last month.

Origi, 27, achieved legendary status during his eight years at Anfield thanks to his penchant for netting on big occasions.

He scored the decisive goal in their 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the Champions League final in 2019, and netted six times against local rivals Everton.

Alongside that Champions League triumph, Origi won the Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Club World Cup during his time with the Reds.

Putellas a doubt about Euro 2022

Spain's Alexia Putellas is doubtful for the start of the Women's Euro 2022
Spain’s Alexia Putellas is doubtful for the start of the Women’s Euro 2022

Influential Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas is doubtful for the start of Women’s Euro 2022 after suffering a knee injury on the eve of the tournament.

The Ballon d’Or winner sprained her knee while training with La Roja, the Spanish FA have confirmed.

Spain begin their Euro campaign against Finland in Milton Keynes on Friday.

The Barcelona star has won 100 caps for Spain, scoring 27 goals since his international arc in 2013.

Villa and Fulham bolster youth ranks

Scottish teenage star Rory Wilson has joined Aston Villa from Rangers
Scottish teenage star Rory Wilson has joined Aston Villa from Rangers

Aston Villa and Fulham have announced the signings of Rory Wilson and Kristian Sekularac respectively, with both heading straight to their new clubs’ academy setup.

Forward Wilson, 16, joins the Villans from Steven Gerrard’s former Rangers side after an eye-catching youth campaign which saw him score 49 goals for club and country.

Academy director Mark Harrison said: “We are delighted that Rory has joined us after having had a number of clubs interested in signing him.

“He’s a goalscorer with a lot of potential, having also represented Scotland at international youth level.

“He’s got a really good thirst and mentality to want to improve and we’re really looking forward to seeing how he develops with us and hopefully in the years to come play for our first team.”

The West Midlands side have also announced that highly regarded defender Josh Feeney has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Meanwhile, Swiss midfielder Sekulac has joined newly promoted Cottagers from Juventus, with the 18-year-old also scoring two goals in six Under-19 international appearances.

Sekulac said after his signing: “I feel good and I’m super excited to join this club. I’ve admired Fulham for a very long time and can’t wait to crack and start playing.

“I’ve met most of the guys and they seem like a really good bunch. They’ve been very welcoming. I’ve met pretty much all the staff as well so can’t complain.

“Fans can expect a creative player who likes to put on a show. I can play anywhere in midfield and I’m a technical player.”

Big Dunc leaves caramels

Duncan Ferguson's eyes are firmly on management after quitting his role as Everton assistant
Duncan Ferguson’s eyes are firmly on management after quitting his role as Everton assistant

Duncan Ferguson has quit his job as Everton assistant to pursue his own managerial ambitions.

The 50-year-old former Toffees striker had two spells as caretaker boss in December 2019 and January this year after joining the first-team coaching staff in 2014.

The Scot also enjoyed two spells as a player at Goodison Park, scoring 62 goals in 239 total top appearances.

Ferguson said: “Being an interim manager has given me confidence to step into management. The club have been fantastic with me. They have supported me throughout my journey.

“It was difficult last season but this club is definitely going in the right direction. They are a fantastic club.

“The team is in good hands with Frank as manager. He’s been top class and he wanted me to stay.”

Return of Nuno joint management

Nuno Espirito Santo is back in management after being unveiled as the new head coach of Saudi club Al-Ittihad.

The 48-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham last November after just 17 games in charge.

In a short message on the club’s social media, the former Wolves boss said: “It’s an honor for me to join the biggest club in Saudi Arabia, Ittihad. See you soon.”

Sierra Leone investigates suspicious scores

Sierra Leonean football fans were treated to a goal fest on Sunday
Sierra Leonean football fans were treated to a goal fest on Sunday

The Sierra Leone Football Association is investigating the result of two matches which produced an extraordinary tally of 187 goals.

The two Second Division games saw Kahunla Rangers and Gulf FC record heavy wins in Sunday’s Premier League playoffs.

Kahunla beat Lumbebu 95-0, while Gulf FC eliminated Koquima Lebanon 91-1 with half-time scores only 2-0 and 7-1 respectively.

Unsurprisingly, being the two biggest results in Sierra Leonean football history, both matches were called off due to suspicions of match manipulation.

SLFA chairman Thomas Daddy Brima told BBC Sport Africa: “We cannot sit idly by and see an embarrassing situation like this go unpunished.

“We will launch an immediate investigation and bring to justice all those responsible for this mediocrity.

“Anyone found guilty will be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the SLFA, and will also be handed over to the country’s anti-corruption commission.”

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