THE STORIES BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Abu Dhabi

London

New York

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 01:27 GMT

Tottenham May Appeal against Son's Red Card after Gomes Incident

Sport

Mahmoud Al Assal

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 18:24 GMT

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that the club may appeal against the red card shown to Son Heung-min after a clash with Everton's Andre Gomes that caused horrific injury to the latter during the 1-1 draw on Sunday November 3rd.

Son Heung-min was shown a straight red card by the referee ten minutes before the final whistle for a tough challenge on Andre Gomes which left the Everton midfielder with a bad ankle injury as play was briefly suspended.

Spurs tactician Pochettino blamed VAR for the red card as Son had initially just been booked.

Medical scans have shown that Gomes’s injury is a fracture dislocation to his right ankle which will need surgery. The injury occurred as the Portuguese player’s momentum from Son's trip saw him crash into Spurs defender Serge Aurier.

The Tottenham coach expressed his sorrow for Gomes but said a visibly distressed Son had not intended to provoke such an injury. "It was clear it was never the intention of Son to create the problem that happened afterwards," said Pochettino.

"It is unbelievable to see a red card. In that situation we need to help because the decision of the referee was a yellow card but the VAR changed the decision.”

Pochettino confirmed that he does not know what will happen in terms of an appeal.

"The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge," the Premier League said in a statement after the game to clarify why the card had been upgraded.

Pochettino, 47, expressed his gratitude for the way the Everton players handled the incident and especially the behaviour of the captain Seamus Coleman, who suffered a similar injury in March 2017.

"The players from Everton were fantastic. The captain came to the dressing room to console Son," said Pochettino.

Tottenham are eleventh in the English Premier League table with 13 points, while Everton still hovers just one place above the relegation zone with ten points.


Europe