By Keith Hackett

17th May, 2022 | 5:30pm

Ex-Premier League referee: Emerson Royal may face investigation after Tottenham controversy

Flares are a growing “problem” for the football authorities and players like Tottenham full-back Emerson Royal are encouraging it, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after Emerson picked a flare up that was thrown onto the ground during Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Arsenal last week (12 May).

A white flare was thrown after Harry Kane opened the scoring from the penalty spot midway through the first half.

The Express reported last week (13 May) that the 23-year-old may be facing an FA charge for celebrating with the pyrotechnic.

In similar incidents this season Harvey Elliott was asked for his observations after celebrating with a flare after Liverpool won the EFL Cup while the police are investigating an incident involving Everton’s Richarlison earlier this month.

“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,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“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.”

After a poor start to the season, Emerson has thrived at wing-back under Antonio Conte with Matt Doherty out injured.

The Brazil international has racked up 40 appearances in his debut season for Tottenham, chipping in with a goal and an assist in the process.

In other news, a finance guru has revealed Tottenham could now shell out ‘£100m’ after a Daniel Levy transfer pledge.