Tottenham have appealed against Son Heung-min’s red card for his tackle on Andre Gomes, which led to the Everton midfielder’s terrible ankle injury.
Gomes had surgery on Monday on a fracture dislocation to his right ankle, with the op going ‘extremely well’ according to the Toffees.
Son was distraught when he saw the severity of the injury in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Goodison Park.
Referee Martin Atkinson initially showed Son a yellow card before he changed his mind and pulled out the red.
TV replays suggested that Gomes suffered the injury after Son’s tackle and before he collided with Spurs full-back Serge Aurier.
Explaining Atkinson’s decision, the Premier League said: “The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player, which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.”
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said the forward had no intention of injuring Gomes and believed VAR should have been used to overturn the sending off.
“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,” he said.
If the appeal is not successful, Son will miss Premier League matches against Sheffield United, West Ham and Bournemouth.