Tottenham’s Son red card for tackle on Gomes overturned

The Football Association has overturned Tottenham forward Heung-min Son’s red card for his tackle on Andre Gomes.

Spurs appealed the red card issued to the forward for his tackle on Gomes during the 1-1 Premier League draw on Sunday, which led to Everton player suffering a fracture-dislocation to his right ankle.

Referee Martin Atkinson had initially given Son a yellow card but he was later shown a straight red card. The club thereafter appealed the FA’s decision.

However, an Independent Regulatory Commission assessed the case on Tuesday and agreed it was wrongful dismissal.

The FA in a statement said: “Heung-min Son will be available for Tottenham Hotspur FC’s next three games. This is after an Independent Regulatory Commission upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal.

“The forward was sent off for serious foul play during the Premier League fixture against Everton FC on Sunday 3 November 2019.”

The Premier League on Sunday had said the red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player.

Son has travelled with the Spurs squad for Wednesday’s Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade. He will also be available for selection against Sheffield United, West Ham, and Bournemouth in November.

The Korean was visibly distraught by the consequence of his challenge on Gomes, who has since been discharged from hospital after he underwent surgery, which Everton have described as having gone “extremely well”.

Spurs boss Pochettino said Son was in a better frame of mind ahead of the game with Red Star Belgrade.

Poch speaks on overturning of Son’s red card

Speaking on the overturning of Son’s red card, Pochettino said: “It was good for everyone but most importantly it is fair.

“I was confident it would be overturned. We were all confused after the game, I was talking with different people and of course with the referee too.

“There was confusion, but now it is completely fair that in the end he is not going to be suspended.”

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