The Premier League have issued a statement explaining Tottenham winger Son Heung-min’s red card after his involvement in Everton midfielder Andre Gomes’ horrific leg break.
The Premier League have released a statement after Son Heung-min was sent off after Everton midfielder Andre Gomes appeared to suffer an horrific leg break against Tottenham.
With around 11 minutes left of the game at Goodison Park, Son and Serge Aurier challenged the Blues midfielder, who seemed to get his foot stuck in the turf which then led to a horrible injury.
Television cameras showing Gomes on the ground broadcasted the Portuguese’s ankle at a right angle, before the extent of the injury became clear and no further pictures or replays were shown.
Gomes was quickly surrounded by distraught team-mates as Everton’s medical team rushed on with a stretcher.
Son, initially shown a yellow card, was visibly upset and was then shown a red card by referee Martin Atkinson.
The South Korean forward broke into tears during the lengthy stoppage while Aurier, also upset by the incident, was substituted off shortly after.
The Premier League, explaining why Atkinson showed Son red after initially awarding just a caution, explained: “The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.”
Speaking post-match, Son’s team-mate Dele Alli admitted Son was “devastated” in the dressing room.
“I didn’t want to look too much at what happened. All I can do is send my best wishes and wish him a quick recovery,” he said.
“Son is devastated and in tears. It’s not his fault. Son is one of nicest people you would want to meet. He can’t even lift his head up, he’s crying so much.
“The injury does play on your mind but you have to stay professional. We switched off for a second and they scored.”
Goalscorer Tosun also needed a moment to compose himself after the full-time whistle.
“If you give a red card for that, every challenge is endangering an opponent,” reacted Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher post-match.
“He actually gets injured in between the two challenges.”
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino commented:We feel very sorry. It’s a very bad situation. It’s very bad luck how he landed. We can only send our best wishes to him.
“It’s not about football, it’s important that he is okay. We feel devastated, it was so, so difficult. Son is devastated. He was very confused. It was difficult to keep calm. It was no intentional. It was so, so bad luck.”
Marco Silva meanwhile confirmed to Sky Sports that the 26-year-old had been rushed to hospital.
He explained: “Our medical staff is taking control of everything and soon there will be more information. We wait until it is a bit more clear.
“It is a bad moment for us as a group and as a team. It more than a football game, this is the most important thing right now. We as a group have to keep togetherness.”
Everton’s Fabian Delph also struggled for words when asked to speak about the incident.
He said: “We feel just as you can imagine. It’s difficult time for us. He is one of our brothers, someone we care about.
“It is difficult to put into words how we feel. As soon as we could get in touch we will send him our best. It’s difficult to see. It’s hard to talk now.”