Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that he feels sorry for Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min following the injury to Everton midfielder Andre Gomes.
Son, who can operate as a winger or as a forward, was sent off during the Premier League game between Everton and Tottenham at Goodison Park at the weekend.
The 27-year-old South Korea international was sent off in the 79th minute for a late challenge on Gomes, who had to be taken off on a stretcher after suffering a horrific injury.
Television replays suggested that Son’s challenge was not as bad as it looked in real time, and Chelsea boss Lampard has admitted that he feels sorry for the former Bayer Leverkusen star.
Lampard told Chelsea’s official website: “It is the subjective in-between ones where we need to decide where we are coming from with the idea of clear and obvious, because at the weekend there was a lot of not clear and obvious and some were overturned and some were not.
“That is not ideal and I felt very sorry for Son [the Tottenham player involved in a bad injury for Everton’s Andre Gomes] because of the nature of the injury and his reaction, and the fact he took a red card when looking back at the tackle, no way did the force of his tackle affect the injury. That is something that is horrendous and happens occasionally so I felt for Gomes as well obviously.”
Harsh Red Card
Son did not mean to hurt Gomes and the Tottenham star’s challenge was not very bad, and it is unfortunate that the 26-year-old Portugal international central midfielder suffered a fracture dislocation to his right ankle.
Tottenham have appealed against Son’s dismissal, and it will be interesting to see if the red card is rescinded.
Back In Action
Tottenham will return to action on Wednesday evening when they take on Red Star Belgrade away from home in Champions League Group B.
As for Chelsea, the Blues will lock horns with Ajax at Stamford Bridge in London in Champions League Group H on Tuesday evening, while Everton will face Southampton away from home at St. Mary’s Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.