Son Heung-min’s red card for a tackle which led to Andre Gomes’ horrific injury on the weekend has been overturned.
The South Korea star tackled Gomes, which led to a collision and a fracture dislocation to the right ankle of the Portuguese in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Everton.
Son, who was visibly distraught and in tears after the tackle, was then duly sent off by referee Martin Atkinson as Spurs went on to concede an injury-time equaliser.
But English football’s governing body, the Football Association, overturned the red card on Tuesday - leaving Son free to play their Premier League fixtures against Sheffield United, West Ham and Bournemouth.
The FA's statement read: "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."
On Gomes, Poch says: I think all the people the players from Tottenham and staff feel so sorry. We are so happy with the news that the surgery went well. We send again our best wishes and that he recovers soon.
— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) November 5, 2019
Sad and painful the news of .@aftgomes injury. Wishing you already the best recovery and see you soon back in the field.
He has a great club and amazing fans that will show him at all times how important it is for them. I lived it a while ago. #EFC #OviedoBaby 💙 pic.twitter.com/KmEZdVjgBU
— Bryan Oviedo (@Bryan_Oviedo) November 4, 2019
The incident occurred in the 79th minute of the match, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men leading 1-0 thanks to a Dele Alli opener.
Son tripped up Gomes while chasing back, with the Portuguese midfielder then colliding into the onrushing Serge Aurier.
The resulting clash left him on the ground requiring treatment for a substantial amount of time, as players looked on in shock, before being led away on a stretcher.
Although Son was originally booked for the challenge, Atkinson then upgraded that card to red for ‘endangering the safety of a player’.
Tottenham are offering the forward psychological counselling, while Everton confirmed Gomes underwent surgery on Monday and is expected to make ‘a full recovery’.
The statement added: “Everton Football Club can confirm Andre Gomes underwent surgery to repair a fracture dislocation to his right ankle earlier today and the procedure went extremely well.
“Andre will now spend some time recovering in hospital, before returning to USM Finch Farm to start his rehabilitation under the guidance of the club’s medical staff. He is expected to make a full recovery.
“The 26-year-old is expected to make a full recovery. On behalf of André, the club would like to thank all Everton supporters and members of the wider football family for the overwhelming messages of support we have received since yesterday’s match.”
— Alderweireld Toby (@AlderweireldTob) November 3, 2019
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