Son Heung-min’s red card for tackle on Everton’s André Gomes overturned | Football


Son Heung-min’s red card for the tackle that led to Everton’s André Gomes suffering a fractured dislocation of the right ankle has been overturned.

Tottenham’s claim of wrongful dismissal was upheld by a Football Association independent regulatory commission, meaning the forward will no longer serve a three-game domestic ban.

Son tripped Gomes in the 79th minute of the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, sending him crashing towards Serge Aurier with dire consequences and, initially, the referee, Martin Atkinson, reached for a yellow card.

Yet Atkinson upgraded his decision to a straight red when he realised how severely Gomes had been injured.

The Premier League explained that Son’s red card was “for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge”.

Gomes was discharged from hospital on Tuesday, a day after having surgery.

Son has travelled to Belgrade for the Champions League game at Red Star and was said by Mauricio Pochettino to be in a better frame of mind.

“He is OK,” the manager said. “He was devastated after the action. It was a mixture of everything. After a few days, he is in a very good way.”


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