Son red card appeal denied

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Yeah, we all knew how this would end.

Tottenham appealed the red card procured by Heung-Min Son against Chelsea on Sunday, but the appeal was denied by the Premier League disciplinary committee on Tuesday, the league announced.

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The failed appeal means that Son will miss the next three Spurs matches, including their Boxing Day game against Brighton & Hove Albion plus subsequent games against Norwich City and Southampton. He will return for the game against Liverpool on January 11.

Son’s red card was shown for a kick into the ribs of Antonio Rudiger, not initially spotted by referee Anthony Taylor but identified on VAR, with Taylor advised to show the red card after a review. Rudiger made a meal of relatively minimal contact, but Son’s actions were still deserving of a sending off even if he failed to make a solid connection with his studs into Rudiger’s chest. Jose Mourinho quipped after the match that Rudiger will “have broken ribs for sure” but his words fell on deaf ears.

The red card is Son’s third of the 2019 calendar year, previously sent off for a push against Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma in May plus his eventually overturned sending-off against Everton earlier this season that resulted in Andre Gomes’ gruesome ankle injury. Son becomes the first Premier League player since Lee Cattermole in 2010 to earn three red cards in a calendar year.