Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club have appealed the red card given to winger Son Heung-min in Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea.
Son was sent off following a VAR referral after he went down under a challenge from Blues defender Antonio Rudiger, before making contact with the centre-back with his boot.
Son’s dismissal meant he became the first player since Lee Cattermole in 2010 to be sent off three times in a calendar year, although the South Korean’s previous red card for a challenge on Everton’s Andre Gomes was rescinded.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Monday, Mourinho explained how he hopes Son will avoid further punishment in the form of a three-match ban.
“I hope Son is not punished five times,” the manager said. “One time was the foul that Rudiger did on him. The second is to be sent off. The third would be not to play against Brighton.
“The fourth not to play against Norwich and the fifth not to play against Southampton. So I hope to be punished twice is enough, he doesn’t deserve for the third the fourth or the fifth.
“It would be a big loss [to lose Son]. We don’t have a big squad. We don’t have lots of players.
“This moment is a moment where it is normal to think about rotations and very difficult situations for players to play every game. We don’t have [Erik] Lamela and it’s a big loss for us.
“But if that happens then we have to try to cope with it and to fight against injustice. But the way to fight against injustice is to give our best and the boys that are going to play are going to try and get results in it.”
Sunday’s game was marred by allegations of racist abuse against Rudiger and Mourinho was quick to condemn such actions, adding that “society needs help”.
“Society needs help. I think society needs help. Then football is a micro society if you can call it,” the Portuguese said. “Do we need help? Yes, but society needs help.
“We need to eradicate any form of discrimination. In this case we are speaking about racism, and yes football needs help but society needs help.”
Spurs head into their Boxing Day clash with Brighton six points adrift of the top four.