Everton attacker Richarlison says he received 10 000 messages in five minutes after Brazilian teammate Neymar broadcast his number to fans while he was playing video games online.
As he played his games on Twitcher, he received a call from his compatriot Richarlison, who was in the news for his red card during the Merseyside derby.
While holding his phone up to the screen, the PSG forward showed Richarlison’s number.
“I think I’ve just shown your number without meaning to. I swear it was an accident,” Neymar said after realising his error. “We’re online. Give a wave.
“You’re going to have to change your number now.”
Richarlison responded by giving a warning to fans that might be tempted to call him.
“Hey guys, whoever calls me is going to be blocked, don’t call me.”
That warning was not heeded and later he was forced to go on twitter to announce that fans had been blowing his phone up.
“In five minutes I’ve already had 10,000 messages. Thanks Neymar,” he wrote.
The leak from Neymar comes in the midst of Merseyside police saying it was going to investigate tweets sent to Richarlison and Jordan Pickford following the match against Liverpool.
“We are currently investigating a number of offensive tweets made in relation to two Everton footballers,” a Merseyside Police spokesperson said.
“The language used in the tweets is totally unacceptable and we are taking the reports extremely seriously. “Those who use the internet to target others, and who commit criminal offences such as making threats or committing a hate crime in doing so, are not beyond the law.”