Former referee weighs in on report Emerson Royal could be charged for picking up flare

Emerson Royal
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Ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett has seemingly hinted that Emerson Royal could be punished for picking up a flare during Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Arsenal last week. 

After Harry Kane converted from the penalty spot to give Spurs the lead against Arsenal at the end of the first half, Emerson was seen picking up a flair during the celebrations.

Pyrotechnics are banned at football stadiums throughout the UK and The Express reported last week that the Tottenham man could be charged for his actions.

The report revealed Liverpool winger Harvey Elliott was contacted by the FA for celebrating with a pyrotechnic after the Reds’ Carabao Cup win earlier in the season while Everton striker Richarlison is facing an investigation after he threw a blue flare back into the Goodison Park crowd recently.

Hackett insisted that pyrotechnics at football stadiums are a huge problem and admitted that he was not impressed with Tottenham’s man actions in the North London derby.

He told Football Insider: “If you noticed at the Everton game this weekend they had the fire brigade there with a basked to get rid of the flares, it’s a nonsense.

“The flares are a problem. The players like Emerson are encouraging it a little bit. I just wonder what the fans sitting close by think, I don’t think I would be too impressed.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I can understand why pyrotechnics are banned in the UK, given the risk it poses to fan safety. However, given that Emerson did not throw it back into the crowd, it would not be fair to punish him. The Spurs defender will probably be let off with a warning. 

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