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Merseyside police are investigating offensive tweets believed to be targeting Pickford and Richarlison

Merseyside police are investigating after a series of vile tweets sent to Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Richarlison in the aftermath of Saturday’s stormy derby.

The force has sworn to bring those responsible ‘to justice’ and has warned those involved that they are ‘not outside the law’.

Toffees’ goalkeeper Pickford was subject to a rant of abuse after his reckless challenge Liverpool player Virgil van Dijk collapsed, while striker Richarlison was also targeted after being sent off for a rough late tackle on Reds midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

Merseyside police investigate offensive tweets allegedly sent to Everton's Richarlison

Merseyside police investigate offensive tweets allegedly sent to Everton’s Richarlison

Toffess goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is also said to have received insulting tweets that were viewed

Toffess goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is also said to have received insulting tweets that were viewed

Toffess goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is also said to have received insulting tweets that were viewed

The news that Van Dijk could then be out for the season saw Pickford, who escaped punishment thanks to a VAR blunder, again be attacked online.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “We are currently investigating a number of offensive Tweets made in relation to two Everton footballers.

‘The language in the Tweets is completely unacceptable and we take the messages very seriously.

‘Those who use the internet to attack others and commit criminal offenses such as making threats or committing a hate crime are not outside the law.

“ Detectives are inquiring to identify the individuals who posted the Tweets and where we identify violations, we will take action to bring those responsible to justice. ”

Pickford caused controversy after his terrible challenge against Virgil Van Dijk went unpunished

Pickford caused controversy after his terrible challenge against Virgil Van Dijk went unpunished

Pickford caused controversy after his terrible challenge against Virgil Van Dijk went unpunished

The news comes after Pickford controversially avoided a football association ban retroactively over his horror kit on van Dijk, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury as a result.

The FA said on Monday that no further action would be taken when referee Michael Oliver saw the incident in the first six minutes of the action-packed derby.

They also indicated that match officials, including video assistant referee David Coote, were watching the incident at the time, but said Liverpool were not being penalized for Van Dijk’s offside position.

Richarlison, meanwhile, has been sent off after a horror challenge on Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara

Richarlison, meanwhile, has been sent off after a horror challenge on Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara

Richarlison, meanwhile, has been sent off after a horror challenge on Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara

Coote is also alleged to have concluded that Pickford’s tackle did not meet the necessary threshold to wave a red card and therefore no retroactive ban was issued.

The news that Pickford escaped ban has been met with horror by some supporters who had hoped that ‘justice’ would have been achieved given Van Dijk’s likely prolonged absence, but it now appears that some posts have moved on, pushing the police got involved.

A statement from Liverpool on Sunday confirmed the club had ‘no specific timetable’ set for Van Dijk’s return to action – although the severity of the setback has pretty much ruled him out for the rest of the campaign, especially if he has to undergo surgery . .

However, there was less controversy about Richarlison, who was immediately dismissed by Oliver after his terrible challenge to Spaniard Thiago, who was also hospitalized next to Van Dijk for a scan, but his problem is considered to be much less serious.

The Brazilian apologized for his challenge, but will now miss the club’s next three games against Southampton, Newcastle and Manchester United.

Van Dijk is now expected to miss the rest of the current campaign

Van Dijk is now expected to miss the rest of the current campaign

Van Dijk is now expected to miss the rest of the current campaign

“Anyone who knows my background knows that I have never been a violent player,” Richarlison wrote on his website. ‘I didn’t enter into that dispute with the intention of hurting Thiago.

“I’ve already sent him a message apologizing, and I’m doing that in public here too. I hope he was not injured and that everything is fine. ‘

However, reports state that former Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago is expected to miss Liverpool’s Champions League opener against Ajax over the course of the week.

But it was the van Dijk challenge that went unpunished and seemed to irritate Liverpool more, with Anfield’s side taking the extraordinary step of requiring the Premier League to declare the two hugely contentious VAR decisions that cost them victory .

Thiago's injury is not that serious, but he will not be available for Jurgen Klopp against Ajax

Thiago's injury is not that serious, but he will not be available for Jurgen Klopp against Ajax

Thiago’s injury is not that serious, but he will not be available for Jurgen Klopp against Ajax

“It’s not right,” Klopp said of Van Dijk’s injury before leaving Goodison Park. Virg plays with pain and he never misses a match.

“I don’t know what it is, but it doesn’t look good.”

In addition to the Pickford challenge, Henderson’s disallowed winner turned out to be very controversial with Sadio Mané being sidelined in the build-up.

Klopp continued: ‘I come into the dressing room and there are people with laptops. And we look back at the situation and we don’t understand why this was offside.

Graeme Souness was one of the experts who convicted Pickford for his terrible challenge

Graeme Souness was one of the experts who convicted Pickford for his terrible challenge

Graeme Souness was one of the experts who convicted Pickford for his terrible challenge

‘Since then I have had 10 interviews and everyone tells me it was not offside and of course that is not my mood.

“Look, I am a real supporter of VAR, but what you expect when offside is the right decision.”

Experts have also condemned Pickford for his challenge, including Graeme Souness and Ryan Mason, but others have defended him, such as former Reds defender Jamie Carragher.

Jamie Carragher, however, was more supportive of the Everton and England No. 1 goalkeeper

Jamie Carragher, however, was more supportive of the Everton and England No. 1 goalkeeper

Jamie Carragher, however, was more supportive of the Everton and England No. 1 goalkeeper

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