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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.

Caution king Lee Cattermole departs Sunderland after 10 years

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Lee Cattermole, most known for his thumping challenges, physical style of play, and spectacular ability to rack up yellow cards at a stunning rate, has left Sunderland after 10 years with the Black Cats.

The 31-year-old midfielder was a member of the Sunderland starting lineup that fell to Manchester City in the 2014 League Cup final and played every minute of Sunderland’s run through the League One playoffs this past season that ended in a 1-0 loss to Charlton in the final. The club had suffered consecutive relegations in the two previous seasons and will play in League One again next campaign.

“Sunderland is a special club and this decision has not been easy, but I believe it is the right time to find a new challenge,” Cattermole said in the official club release. “The football club, over my 10 years, has had some fantastic managers, staff and players and I have been lucky to be part of that. I would like to say a big thank you to Jack Ross and his staff, and I wish him and the current squad all the best for the coming season. There are some exciting young players at the club and I will be looking forward to seeing them progress.”

Cattermole joined Sunderland from Wigan in the summer of 2009 and proceeded to accumulate 261 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 10 goals, assisting 11, and collecting 87 yellow cards. He sits eighth in career Premier League yellow cards with 88, accumulating that tally in just 272 top-flight appearances, at least 75 less appearances than anyone else above him in the list and over 100 appearances less than all but two of the top 11. By comparison, Gareth Barry earned his record 123 yellow cards in 679 appearances, while Paul Scholes – who sits fifth – earned his 97 yellow cards in 499 appearances. Frank Lampard earned 59 yellow cards in 611 Premier League appearances, while it took Cattermole just 194 appearances to reach that total.

Cattermole has also earned seven red cards in Premier League play, ranking him fourth all-time behind Richard Dunne, Duncan Ferguson, and Patrick Vierra all who picked up eight.

In the 2014/15 season, Cattermole picked up 14 yellow cards, earning every single one for a foul rather than time-wasting, diving, or dissent. However, of the 10 matches he missed that season – mostly for yellow card suspensions – the club won just one. Last season, in 29 League One appearances for Sunderland, he picked up 13 yellow cards, but also scored seven goals to help the club finish fourth and earn its playoff berth. All seven of his goals either tied a game or took the lead.