Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has now weighed in Martin Atkinson’s decision to send Son Heung-min off on Sunday.
Atkinson initially showed Son a yellow card but after checking on the terrible state of Andre Gomes’ ankle fracture, he decided to change it to a red card.
Owen was far from convinced by the decision but felt that was insignificant in the grander scheme of things.
Shocking decision to send Son off but that’s insignificant in the scheme of things. The wellbeing of players is the most important thing. Get well soon Andre Gomes.
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) November 3, 2019
Meanwhile, former Liverpool and Everton midfielder Don Hutchison also took to social media to make it clear that he felt neither Serge Aurier nor Son were at fault for the terrible injury sustained by Gomes.
I’ve just been in to see the injury again.
Son not a fault for the injury(yellow card for a normal foul) Andre Gomez ankle gets trapped underneath him and the injury happens before the collision with S Aurier.
— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) November 3, 2019
Everton did provide a positive update on the Portuguese international earlier yesterdat confirming that he had undergone surgery to repair a fracture-dislocation of his right ankle. The 26-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.
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While Son did foul Gomes, the South Korean simply wasn’t going in with the intention of hurting Gomes and it was, unfortunately, a freak injury. Hopefully, common sense prevails and Son’s red card gets rescinded as judging punishments based only on the severity of a tackle’s consequences doesn’t make a lot of sense.
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