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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.”

Weds. Champions League preview: Spurs in Serbia, Man City in Italy

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Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League wraps up on Wednesday, with a pair of Premier League sides in action, and facing vastly different paths forward in the competition.

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Someone is going to have to finish second, behind Bayern Munich, in Group B. Fortunately for Tottenham Hotspur, Red Star Belgrade and Olympiacos appear even less suited to the task than Mauricio Pochettino‘s side. Last year’s runners-up could go a long way toward securing their place in the knockout rounds for the fourth straight season with a win in Serbia on Wednesday. After dropping points from a winning position in their first two group games, Tottenham bounced back with a 5-0 victory over Red Star last month, sending them second in the group for the time being.

Only, there’s a bit of a catch for Spurs: they haven’t won away from home — in any competition — all season. 0 wins, 5 draws, 3 losses. If not now, when? Harry Kane is back with the squad after missing Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Everton due to illness. Son Heung-min, whose red card for a phantom tackle on Andre Gomes was rescinded, also traveled with the team after looking thoroughly distraught in the moments after Gomes suffered a broken ankle.

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Champions League has been far kinder to Manchester City, who on Wednesday are set for their visit to Atalanta. With nine points from their first three games — and a nearly unblemished record of 10 goals scored and just one conceded — Pep Guardiola‘s side is marching toward and early progression to the round of 16. In fact, a win over Atalanta, coupled with a draw between Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk, would not only see the two-time reigning PL champions advance, but also win the group with two games left to play.

The lone goal conceded came in Atalanta’s visit to the Etihad Stadium last time out in UCL play. After falling 1-0 behind in the 28th minute, Man City responded with five unanswered goals, including a quick-fire double from Sergio Aguero before halftime, and another three in 11 minutes after the break.

Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League schedule

Lokomotiv Moscow v. Juventus — 12:55 p.m. ET
Bayern Munich v. Olympiacos — 12:55 p.m. ET
Atalanta v. Manchester City — 3 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. Tottenham Hotspur — 3 p.m. ET
Real Madrid v. Galatasaray — 3 p.m. ET
Paris Saint-Germain v. Club Brugge — 3 p.m. ET
Bayer Leverkusen v. Atletico Madrid — 3 p.m. ET
Dinamo Zagreb v. Shakhtar Donetsk — 3 p.m. ET

Tottenham’s Son named London Premier League POY

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Heung-Min Son is finally receiving some well deserved recognition in the individual awards categories.

At times overshadowed by teammates Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, Son was named the Premier League Player of the Year at the 2019 London Football Awards. To win the award, Son beat out Kane, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend.

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This season, Son scored 16 goals in 34 matches for Tottenham. This past year he’s represented South Korea at both the World Cup, Asian Games and Asian Cup. South Korea’s Asian Games win exempted him and his teammates from the standard compulsory military service required of all young adult South Koreans.

Son took another step up in January and February with both Kane and Alli missing in action. Son scored in four straight matches, all wins for Tottenham at home, including a 3-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund. Son has

Spurs thrash Bournemouth in hot pursuit of top-two

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  • Spurs make it five straight PL wins
  • Eriksen, Son, Lucas have 1H party (Kane joins later)
  • KWP assists the first three
  • Cherries lose for seventh time in nine

The busy festive period is off to a flying start for Tottenham Hotspur, who followed up Sunday’s 6-2 thrashing of Everton with a 5-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

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With Manchester City suddenly looking fallible, Tottenham have not only erased the gap between themselves and the defending Premier League champions, but moved one point clear into second place on Wednesday. Based on current form, Mauricio Pochettino‘s side might just be the greater threat to Liverpool’s six-point lead.

Christian Eriksen opened the scoring after 16 minutes, benefiting from a massive deflection on his shot from outside the penalty area. The Dane has now scored in three straight Premier League games, beginning with his stoppage-time winner against Burnley last week.

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Son Heung-min made it 2-0 just seven minutes later. Kyle Walker-Peters announced himself onto the stage as well, notching his second of three assists on the day by sneaking around Charlie Daniels as the Bournemouth defender couldn’t corral the ball 18 yards from goal. Walker-Peters slid the ball to Son, who needed just one touch to set up his shot from outside the box and beat Asmir Begovic.

Spurs found a third goal before halftime, as Walker-Peters picked out a late-arriving run by Lucas Moura. Walker-Peters broke down the right side of the penalty area and cut the ball back toward the penalty spot and the Brazilian guided it home with ease.

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With the goals flowing furiously at Wembley Stadium, Harry Kane had to get in on the action and take his tally to 12 on the PL season. This one was of particularly high quality, as Eriksen’s ball floated over Kane’s shoulder and required the most precise of redirections to beat Begovic inside the far post. Predictably, Kane got it just right.

Son got his second in the 70th minute, as Spurs refused to give up after Begovic and Co., denied them three times. Eventually, the ball fell to Son with an open net five yards in front of him.

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Son, Dele send Spurs past Leicester with ease

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  • Son (45’+1) curls a beauty for 1-0
  • Alli (58′) scores his 50th for Spurs
  • THFC return to 3rd; LCFC remain 9th

Tottenham Hotspur continue to play some of the most functional, if unattractive, soccer available in the Premier League — out of necessity — and Mauricio Pochettino‘s side continues to find ways to win ugly and keep pace in the top-four race.

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On Saturday, they managed to grind out a straightforward 2-0 victory away to Leicester City with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen on the bench for 72 and 66 of 90 minutes, respectively.

Son Heung-min and Dele Alli did all the damage and bagged a goal apiece in an otherwise uneventful affair at the King Power Stadium.

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For 40 minutes, the two teams combined to register just two shots — not shots on target, but shots. Then came an offensive explosion from Tottenham — two shots in the final six minutes before halftime.

From the second of those came the game’s opening goal during stoppage time. Son cut inside from the right wing, flashed across the top of the Foxes’ box and uncorked a left-footed curler that left Kasper Schmeichel without a prayer.

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The second half began as brightly and fervently for Spurs, who enjoyed plenty of possession — just as they had in the first half — and began to squeeze the life out of game.

Alli made it 2-0 just before the hour mark, as he found himself unmarked at the back post and headed home Son’s floated cross to reach the 50-goal mark (all competitions) in a Spurs shirt.

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The result sees Spurs (36 points) reclaim third place after briefly dropping to fifth following victories by Chelsea and Arsenal (both on 34) earlier on Saturday, while Leicester (22) remain ninth in the PL table.