Pochettino speaks on whether Son deserved to be sent off

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur crashed to their third consecutive defeat in all competitions this afternoon as they were overcome by Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Tottenham had to play almost the entirety of the second half with just nine men as Son Heung-Min and Juan Foyth were sent off either side of the interval.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said after the game that he hadn’t watched the incidents back but that he accepted the referee’s decisions.

Speaking to Football.London, the Argentine said, “I haven’t watched them yet. I don’t know, we have to accept the decision of the referee. That’s it. Nothing to say.

“It’s so difficult to see the details or the intention, whether it was yellow or red, but we need to accept the decision.”

Son’s sending off, in particular, was quite controversial as slow-motion replays showed that Jefferson Lerma had punched Son before the South Korean lost his temper and pushed him to the floor.

The Tottenham manager said that he was not sure of the 26-year-old was provoked as he hadn’t spoken to him.

He added, “I don’t know because I haven’t spoken to him. What happened on the pitch happened and I don’t know if his reaction was right or not. I didn’t watch.”

Pochettino also refused to comment on whether the atmosphere in the stadium after Eric Dier’s earlier challenge contributed to Son’s sending off.

When posed the question, the 47-year-old said, “I don’t know. That is a question for the referee. That is not a question for me.

“To be honest, I didn’t watch the situation with Sonny. I don’t know if he deserved a red or not.

“But I repeat my opinion is we need to accept the decision of the referee.”

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Son Heung-Min’s sending off was certainly harsh as we usually see players get away with yellow cards for momentarily losing their temper and pushing their opponents like Son did today.

However, Lerma made the most of the incident as he went down dramatically, and the atmosphere in the ground after Dier’s earlier challenges certainly played a part in the referee’s decision.

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