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Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino has called for Son Heung-min’s red card to be rescinded after a tackle that resulted in a horrific broken leg for Everton midfielder Andre Gomes.
The Spurs forward lunged into a tackle and clipped Gomes’ foot, which resulted in him losing balance and colliding with another Tottenham player.
Gomes ankle was facing a different direction following the collision, which resulted in Heung-min and other players to become visibly upset as the Everton midfielder screamed on the floor.
Referee Martin Atkinson initially issued a yellow card but subsequently followed it up with a red.
In a statement, the Premier League explained the change, saying: "The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge."
However, Pochettino felt the video should have actually exonerated his player of serious blame and did not rule out an appeal.
"It was clear it was never the intention of Son to create the problem that happened afterwards. It is unbelievable to see a red card," said the Spurs boss.
"In that situation we need to help because the decision of the referee was yellow card but the VAR changed the decision. It is the latest example of it being not clear.
"VAR needs to check if it was a bad tackle from Son and judge the action not what happened after.
"We all feel sorry for Andre. I want to send my best wishes to him and to his family in this tough moment. We want to send, on behalf of the squad, our best wishes."
Fans were divided on social media to whether the tackle deserved a straight red, but were all concerned for Gomes after watching the reaction of the players.
Disgusting tackle from Son— AB (@RazSterIing) November 3, 2019
Son's reaction when he realised his tackle led to André Gomes' horrific leg injury 😢— Oh My Goal (@OhMyGoalUS) November 3, 2019
Get well soon, André 🙏 pic.twitter.com/7079VyFY4r
The reaction of Son there shows what a genuine guy he is. Don't think it was even his tackle, but the slip up of Gomes or Aurier after. Not nice 🤦🏽♂️ #EVETOT— GRIFF ✂ (@GriffyBoi88) November 3, 2019
Son with a revenge tackle on André Gomes! Knew exactly what he was doing. Went in to the hurt another professional! Absolute disgrace of a footballer!— Ian Croll (@Iancroll1) November 3, 2019
There appeared to be no ill will between the teams afterwards with Pochettino revealing Everton's club captain Seamus Coleman, who was out for a year after suffering a similarly-horrific double-fracture of his lower leg in March 2017, spoke to the distraught Son afterwards.
"The players from Everton were fantastic. The captain came to the dressing room to console Son," the Argentinian said.
"I want to say thank you to the players and Coleman, who came in on behalf of the squad of Everton."