While both Tottenham and Everton ended up sharing the spoils on Sunday, the result almost became an after thought in the end after the horrific injury suffered by Andre Gomes.
While Son Heung-min was initially shown a yellow card for tripping the Portuguese international, on seeing the extent of the injury suffered by Gomes, Martin Atkinson overturned his initial decision and decided to send the South Korean off.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg backed his former colleague’s red card decision and suggested in his Daily Mail column that the rules do require the officials to punish players based on the consequences of their tackle.
Tottenham have subsequently appealed the decision and are hoping the red card will be rescinded (Sky Sports).
Former Spurs defender Graham Roberts has claimed that in no uncertain terms that it would be a massive error if the red card isn’t overturned.
He took to social media to send out the following message:
I Honestly believe if the son card is not rescinded the game has totally gone. To give a guy a card based on how bad an injury is and say endangering anopponent is a total andutter disgrace.The days Iplayed you would not have any players left on the pitch including the keepers!
— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) November 3, 2019
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It is clear for anyone who saw that incident that Son was merely attempting to trip Gomes and certainly didn’t intend to injury him. Gomes was extremely unlucky in the way he fell. While it was understandable why Atkinson felt that the tackle was deserving of a red card, it is difficult to understand why VAR didn’t intervene and ask him to stick with his original call.
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