A freakish, ugly injury to Andre Gomes was the focus of Everton and Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Spurs forward Heung-Min Son badly missed with a challenge to Gomes, upending the midfielder. Gomes landed terribly and suffered a broken ankle.
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Son was initially given a yellow card, and was in tears when he realized how badly Gomes was injured on the play.
The ruling was changed to a red, with the Premier League explaining the decision by saying, “The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.”
Spurs goal scorer Dele Alli said Son was still emotional when the team got to the locker room a half hour after the incident.
“Son is devastated, he’s in tears but it’s not his fault. He’s one of the nicest people you would want to meet and he’s not like that. He can’t even lift his head up he’s crying that much in the dressing room.”
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino told our partners at Sky Sports that the focus is on Gomes after the terrible injury, and said everyone is “devastated for the situation.”
He also stood up for Son, saying the South Korea international was crushed and received a “really unfair” red card.
“He was devastated,” Pochettino said. “It was a situation that was very confused, it was difficult to keep calm. After, when you watch the action on TV, it is never the intention and it was never a tackle to do what happened after. It was a very bad luck for Andre, very bad luck for the Everton and the finish with a red card for Sonny was really unfair.”