Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min is not penalized for his tackle on André Gomes in Sunday's game against Everton. The red card of the South Korean was dismissed by the FA on Tuesday.
Gomes sustained an ankle fracture in the incident, but according to the football association, that is not to blame for Son. The 26-year-old Portuguese was busy with a rush on the sidelines and, after Son's tackle, popped up against the upcoming Serge Aurier. Only after that collision did the serious injury occur.
Referee Martin Atkinson initially wanted to turn yellow, but when he saw the damage, he changed his mind and turned red. Son was visibly affected by the severe injury of his opponent and left the field in tears.
Tottenham already announced on Monday that they would appeal against the red card. According to trainer Mauricio Pochettino, it was never the intention of the attacker to injure his opponent.
The FA agrees with that reading. Normally a player with a direct red card in the Premier League is automatically suspended for three matches.
Gomes was treated on the field for minutes after the collision and then brought to the hospital, where he was successfully operated on. According to Everton, the midfielder, who returned home on Tuesday, will fully recover.