Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Michail Antonio expects Richarlison to snub handshake over ‘banter’ after Lucas Paqueta chat

West Ham striker Michail Antonio has revealed that Tottenham star Richarlison will not shake his hand when the two sides meet.

The former mocked the latter towards the end of last season for scoring just one goal in the Premier League for Spurs.

Antonio revelled in Richarlison’s misfortunes last seasonAFP

He could potentially receive a cold reception from him later this yearGetty

Antonio and Newcastle’s Callum Wilson laughed at the fact that Richarlison had three other strikes ruled out for offside after taking his shirt off in celebration.

His comments came after Spurs’ 4-3 defeat to Liverpool, in which the Brazilian thought he rescued a dramatic, late point at Anfield only for Diogo Jota to win it for the Reds moments later.

Spurs’ then interim boss Ryan Mason criticised the comments and Richarlison later hit back himself, asking how many goals either of them have scored at the World Cup after he netted three in Qatar.

It seems as though a grudge may still be held though, with Antonio being told by West Ham teammate Lucas Paqueta that his handshake will not be accepted.

Speaking with Wilson on The Footballer’s Football Podcast, about Spurs’ striker situation, he said: “I am no longer commenting on Richarlison.

“It’s got to the stage where I just feel like some people are a bit touchy, so I don’t want to touch nothing that are making people touchy.”

He added: “Obviously I’m not going to speak about the person who is in the position, I’m just going to say Tottenham need to sign a striker and I’ll leave it at that.”

Antonio then insisted that his comments were just banter, saying: “We banter ourselves, we banter each other.

Paqueta has warned Antonio that there may not be a handshakeGetty

“I’ve gone to Paqueta, obviously they play with each other [for Brazil]. I was like, ‘What’s wrong with your boy? It’s a bit of banter, I don’t understand why he’s taking it so personally’, to the stage where his manager has to talk.

“Lucas is like, ‘It’s just how he is Michy. I told him that’s how you are but he says ‘no, no no, when we play against them, I’m not going to shake his hand.’”

West Ham don’t meet Spurs until the beginning of December, in which time the tensions may have cooled.

However for now, Antonio may not be one to be welcomed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium by his Brazilian counterpart.

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