Mauricio Pochettino says Heung-min Son red card for Andre Gomes challenge ‘unbelievable’ and criticises VAR

3 Nov

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists Heung-min Son should not have been sent off for his tackle on Andre Gomes.

The Everton midfielder suffered a sickening leg fracture after a 78th-minute challenge from Son, who was subsequently reduced to tears and given his marching orders by referee Martin Atkinson in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

Andre Gomes fell awkwardly after being fouled by Heung-min Son
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The Tottenham forward is set to miss Premier League games against Sheffield United, West Ham and Bournemouth.

When asked if Son should have been sent off, Pochettino told talkSPORT: “No, no, definitely not.

“Everyone saw it was a challenge for the ball with the bad luck of the contact and Andre’s landing producing the injury.

“But it was never Sonny’s intention to do what happened.”

He added: “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.

“In that situation we need to help because the decision of the referee was yellow card but the VAR changed the decision. It is the latest example of it being not clear.

“VAR needs to check if it was a bad tackle from Son and judge the action not what happened after.”

Dele Alli gave Tottenham the lead just after the hour mark, before Cenk Tosun drew Everton level in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

However, the game was overshadowed by the injury to Gomes, who was stretchered off in the 84th minute.

Pochettino added: “We are very devastated for the situation.

“We want to send all of our best wishes on behalf of me, my team and the club. I hope he can recover soon.

“My best wishes to him, the family and all of Everton. It was a very bad situation.”

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