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Everton posts emotional thank you video from Andre Gomes

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It has been just three weeks since Andre Gomes suffered a horrible ankle injury against Tottenham in Premier League play, and Everton fans have flooded the Portuguese midfielder with messages of support.

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The club posted a heartwarming video of Gomes doing his absolute best to convey how thankful and touched he is to have received a swath of overwhelming messages. Gomes sat at a table covered in letters and emails from fans sent in to support the midfielder.

Gomes was touched by the many gestures, clearly holding back emotions throughout the video as he reads a select few messages on the table. One even came in from a young Liverpool fan who wished to get in touch and show support for a player on their bitter Merseyside rival.

Working with a limited English vocabulary, Gomes often struggled to find the words to express his overflowing emotions, repeating “thank you” over and over again as he held back tears.

Gomes was injured by a relatively innocuous tackle from Heung-Min Son, with his ankle twisting awkwardly as he landed. Upon seeing Gomes’ ankle in an unnatural position, players reacted in a variety of emotional ways on the field, with some appearing distressed as others looked to calm a screaming Gomes and still others prayed on the field. Son initially received a yellow card from Martin Atkinson, but the referee controversially changed that to red after seeing the severity of the injury. Son was an emotional wreck on the field after seeing the injury, reportedly still in tears even an hour after the match ended.

The club announced the day after the game that Gomes will make a full recovery in six months to a year.

FA panel details ‘very challenging case’ to rescind Son red card

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The English FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission has released rare details of its majority decision to overturn the red card shown to Son Heung-min for his challenge which resulted in Andre Gomes suffering a dislocated ankle earlier this month, calling their deliberations “a very challenging case”.

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The panel chose not to consider the injury to Everton’s Gomes when judging the case against Tottenham Hotspur’s Son, which was a controversial stance in the minds of some. Having the benefit of hindsight and instant replay — the latter of which referee Martin Atkinson could have used, but chose not to do so — the injury could be seen as the only reason Son was sent off.

“Having viewed the available footage of the incident on numerous occasions and in great detail, the regulatory commission agreed by majority decision that the referee had erred in his interpretation of the incident.

“The majority noted the speed with which the challenge was made, that the player had not been airborne and interpreted the challenge as a sliding tackle as opposed to a lunge.

“It was concluded that Son had made a challenge on Gomes which would warrant no more than a caution rather than a straight red card.”

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The lone dissenting member of the panel described their view of the incident as “a late slide followed by a secondary movement which tripped Gomes and caused the awkward fall and subsequent collision. This secondary movement of Son’s left leg served ultimately to endanger the safety of his opponent pursuant to Law 12. Based on all the considerations the minority view was not satisfied that a dismissal was outside the reasonable range of actions for the referee to meet the obvious error test.”

Son’s red card for tackle on Gomes overturned

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Heung-Min Son‘s red card for a foul on Andre Gomes has been overturned.

The Tottenham Hotspur winger clipped Gomes, who then went on to slip as he was tackled by Serge Aurier and in-turn suffered a horrendous ankle fracture and dislocation.

Son was distraught as he saw the horrific injury to Gomes, and referee Martin Atkinson had first pulled out a yellow card but then changed his mind and upgraded the punishment to a red card for the South Korean winger.

An independent panel has overturned the red card after Tottenham appealed for wrongful dismissal.

Son will now be available to play in Spurs’ clash at home against Sheffield United on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) and his reaction, coupled with his popularity as an all-round good guy, has led to this red card and subsequent three-game suspension being overturned.

Here’s the statement from an FA spokesperson.

“Heung-min Son will be available for Tottenham Hotspur FC’s next three domestic fixtures after an independent Regulatory Commission upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal. The forward was sent off for serious foul play during the Premier League fixture against Everton FC on Sunday 3 November 2019.”

This is the correct decision.

Son’s initial tackle was no more than a yellow card, but due to the horrific nature of Gomes’ injury it forced Atkinson to reconsider his initial decision.

The referee got it wrong but it was an intense situation and you can’t blame Atkinson for his reaction.

Andre Gomes released from hospital

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Everton’s Andre Gomes has been released from hospital.

The Portuguese midfielder had an operation on his fractured and dislocated ankle, which was successful, and he will now recover at home with Everton’s medical team overseeing his rehabilitation.

Everton released the following statement on Tuesday, as well wishes poured in from across the globe after Gomes suffered the horrendous injury against Tottenham on Sunday.

“Following a successful operation yesterday, Andre Gomes has now been discharged from hospital and will continue his rehabilitation under the care of our medical team.”

Gomes suffered the injury falling to the ground after being brought down by Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son, and then being tackled by Serge Aurier.

Son was sent off (something which Tottenham have appealed) and left the pitch in tears, and Aurier was so distressed he had to be substituted.

The reaction from players on the pitch, fans in the stand nearby and people watching all over the world was one of horror as Gomes suffered the horrendous injury.

His long journey to a full recovery begins now.

Everton provides update on Gomes injury, players in shock

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Everton has provided an update on the Andre Gomes horror injury that left Goodison Park in shock on Sunday, saying the midfielder was scheduled for surgery today to repair a broken and dislocated ankle suffered while falling to the ground after being brought down by Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son.

Gomes was left with a gruesome injury that saw players from both teams stunned and emotional as the Portuguese midfielder screamed in pain. Son himself was utterly inconsolable on the field, and when he was eventually sent off – a decision Mauricio Pochettino slammed after the game – he walked straight down the tunnel head in hands.

The club issued a further update, saying that Gomes’ surgery went “extremely well” and that he is “expected to make a full recovery.”

The moment brought both teams to an emotional threshold, and while they finished the rest of the game as Everton rescued a 1-1 draw at the death, the aftermath was a time for both teams to come together as the players coped with what transpired on the field.

According to a report by Greg O’Keeffe and Charlie Eccleshare of The Athletic, who detailed the incident and its aftermath at Goodison Park, the moment haunted players from both sides and Everton players especially were collectively struggling to deal with the emotions. A backroom staff member reportedly emerged from the locker room back onto the empty pitch and proclaimed, “There are grown men crying in there.” The report states Son was still visibly distressed as much as 25 minutes after the match had ended.

To help Son pull himself together, Everton captain Seamus Coleman entered the Spurs dressing room and helped console the South Korean. This was a particularly poignent gesture given that Coleman himself suffered through a devastating leg break back in 2017 that has left him with more than just physical wounds. Coleman’s words, according to The Athletic report, “temporarily seemed to soothe Son’s devastation.” It didn’t last long, however, as the report details how Son walked through the mix zone with his head in his hands, not even speaking to the Korean journalists waiting for him.

The gesture was not lost on Pochettino, who made sure to share his gratitude with the media during his post-match press conference. “The players from Everton were fantastic,” he said. “The captain came to the dressing room to console Son. I want to say thank you to the players and Coleman, who came in on behalf of the squad of Everton.”

Son was far from the only person on the field to be scarred by the moment. Spurs defender Serge Aurier was also deeply affected by the incident. Aurier was also involved in the challenge and may have felt some responsibility, seen praying on the field in the immediate aftermath while Gomes received treatment. Everton striker Cenk Tosun, who immediately attempted to console Gomes as everyone realized the seriousness of the injury and medics rushed onto the field, spoke about how he is struggling to erase the look of horror on his injured teammate’s face from his own memory. The Premier League is even reportedly ensuring a sports psychologist will be made available to referee Martin Atkinson in the aftermath of the incident.

Current and former Everton players took to social media looking to wish Gomes well in his recovery. The most poignant of which came from former Everton and current Copenhagen defender Bryan Ovideo, who himself suffered a gruesome leg break in an FA Cup game against Stevenage.

Gomes has a long recovery ahead of him and is almost surely done for at least the rest of the season, but he is far from the only one affected by the distressing scenes at Goodison Park on Sunday.