Whelan blasts 'staggering' BBC update on Everton ace Richarlison
Noel Whelan has claimed Everton star Richarlison should be suspended among the other Premier League players who refused to play for Brazil.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United striker admitted he found it “staggering” the 24-year-old is allowed to be singled out from the prospective sanctions.
BBC Sport claim (7th September) Brazil have triggered a Fifa rule to suspend eight Premier League players for five days after they failed to report for international duty.
However, the broadcaster states (8th September) they have not asked for Richarlison to be banned.
Brazil reportedly showed leniency after the attacker was released to play in this summer’s Olympics.
Richarlison also featured at the Copa America between June and July.
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Whelan accused Brazil of “double standards” by not demanding the Everton forward’s suspension as well
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It should be a blanket ban for everybody. I think it’s double standards.
“It’s unfair just because he played in the Olympics.
“If Raphinha had played in the Olympics, we (Leeds) would have been given a freebie for turning his country down.
“I don’t see how this is fair in any way. Some people get punished, some people don’t.
“They’re all making the same decision for health and safety reasons.
“It’s just staggering that Brazil can actually come up with this. They can pick and choose who can and who can’t (play).”
Richarlison scored five goals in six appearances at the Olympics.
Everton’s next game sees them play host to Burnley on Monday.