Opinion: Will Son’s red card be overturned after horror injury to Andre Gomes?

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur forward, Heung Min Son, was sent off against Everton yesterday after the part he played in Andre Gomes’ horror injury.

Football London have since reported that Tottenham have appealed this decision.

I can’t help but feel that if Gomes had fallen over and jumped straight back up, then the referee would have only brandished a yellow at the very most.

It seemed to me that the red came largely due to the damage the tackle caused, rather that the challenge itself, which was just a little cynical.

The Premier League released a statement implying that Son saw red due to the after-effect of his challenge, rather than the original tackle.

This seems silly to me, as where do we draw the line. If Alderweireld went shoulder to shoulder with Richarlisson, nudging him to the ground, only for the Brazilian to break his ankle, would Toby see red?

The Premier League also stated that VAR was not used in the decision, which could help Son’s case. If it had been reviewed and still seen as a red, then he would have little hope of having it overturned.

However, perhaps a different decision will be reached from the in-the-moment choice made by Martin Atkinson after seeing the damage caused to Gomes’ leg.

To be honest, although I think it should be overturned, I don’t think it will be. Usually you only see these red cards taken back if the decision was a blunder, like if Son hadn’t actually touched the player.

Fingers crossed though!

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