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.”