TOTTENHAM could decide to appeal Son Heung-min’s red card against Everton after referee Martin Atkinson changed his mind from booking him to sending him off.
The match official could be clearly seen with a yellow card in his hand ready to award the South Korean international who had fouled Everton midfielder Andre Gomes.
But after seeing the severity of the ex-Barcelona star’s injury, Atkinson instead decided to send Son off.
The 27-year-old left the pitch in tears after Gomes suffered a suspected broken leg at Goodison Park.
Dele Alli revealed that the former Bayer Leverkusen man was so distraught in the changing rooms that he couldn’t even pick his head up.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has since insisted Son is feeling better after being consoled by a number of Tofees players in the dressing room after the game.
Asked in his press conference whether Son will get help dealing with what happened, Poch said: “We are the best psychologists, the physios, the doctors, the team-mates and the players from Everton that were fantastic.
“I want to say thank you to the captain, Coleman, they came to the dressing room to console Sonny and now he’s very calm.
“I want to say thank you to the players and Coleman, who came in on behalf of the players of Everton.”
He also spoke of his disbelief that Son was given his marching orders as he told reporters: “It was clear it was never the intention of Son for what happened. It is unbelievable that he saw a red card.”
Ex-Premier League ref Mark Halsey
I watched Son Heung-Min’s reckless challenge on Andre Gomes and thought the same as Martin Atkinson – yellow card.
The Tottenham forward denied a promising attack but I didn’t think it was a serious foul play challenge and a red card.
Son’s foul did not endanger the player’s safety and it was so unfortunate that Everton midfielder Gomes’ studs caught in the turf before his sickening collision with Serge Aurier.
Initially, Atkinson had a yellow card in his hand but having seen the reaction on the player’s faces and the crowd he gave himself more thinking time by putting it back in his pocket.
With emotions running high, Atkinson then issued a red card on the basis of his human response.
Atkinson should not receive any criticism because any referee in that horrible position would have done the same.
We do not know if VAR official Anthony Taylor got involved but the cold technology could have helped Atkinson.
Son has been red carded for the unfortunate consequences of what happened next, not for the foul itself.
So I have to ask the question, since when did the laws of the game say the outcome of a foul dictates the appropriate disciplinary action? It’s not in the laws of the game.
It’s a wrongful dismissal for Son and if VAR had got involved, I believe the South Korean would not have been sent off.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says the club will appeal and I believe they will have every chance of the decision being overturned.
A Premier League statement last night tried to protect the referee and justify the decision. But, in truth, that didn’t need to be issued so soon because everyone in football will only be thinking about the welfare of Gomes.
Asked whether he would appeal the red card, he said: “I don’t know. It’s possible, but I don’t know.”
Former Spurs striker Gary Lineker tweeted his opinion on whether the player should have been sent off, as he commented: “Son clearly massively upset. Without the injury he wouldn’t have been shown a red card.”
Michael Owen simply stated: “Shocking decision to send Son off but that’s insignificant in the scheme of things.”