Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has said that Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger should be the one in the spotlight – not Son Heung-min – following the clash between the two on Sunday.
After going down from a challenge by Rudiger, Son appeared to kick out at his opponent who then also fell to the floor, with referee Anthony Taylor sending Son off with the help of a VAR referral.
Mourinho confirmed on Monday that Spurs have appealed the red card – Son’s third in 2019 – which comes after the Portuguese sarcastically wished Rudiger well in his recovery from “broken ribs” after the game.
However, Mourinho has now added that he believes that the German’s over-the-top reaction should be in focus.
“I hope the Premier League is still the Premier League and will always be the Premier League and I think the focus should be on Antonio Rudiger and not on Son,” the manager said.
“I’m not speaking about the racism incident, this is another thing. I am speaking about that incident, the red card.
“In the Premier League I love there is no space also for what Rudiger did. Stand up and play man. This is the Premier League.
“In some countries, especially now Latin cultures, you go to Latin America, Portugal, Spain, Italy and that happens, it is a cultural thing, but not in the Premier League, and the moment we try to punish the reaction of some player, insignificant reaction, but you try to punish and you let it go the other one, it is because then you become part of it (complicit).
“That’s why I was trying to joke and making a bit of fun about it. Come on, do you think Rudiger plays the next game or do you think he’s injured? I think he plays.
“And we speak about Son and don’t speak about him.
Speaking in a press conference on Monday, he said that his side must fight the “injustice” if they lose the South Korean international to a three-match ban.
“I hope Son is not punished five times,” he 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.”