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FA overturn Spurs striker Son's red card for tackle on Everton's Gomes

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Tottenham Hotspur - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - November 3, 2019 Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min looks dejected after Everton's Andre Gomes sustains an injury Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur have successfully appealed against a red card shown to Son Heung-min for a tackle that led to Everton midfielder Andre Gomes breaking his ankle, so the Spurs striker can play in his side’s next three games, the FA said on Tuesday.

Gomes suffered a fracture dislocation to his right ankle in the second half of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park when he landed off balance at speed after the tackle from Son and then collided with Spurs full back Serge Aurier.

Referee Martin Atkinson initially showed a yellow card but then produced a red card - an automatic three-match ban - after a VAR intervention, with the Premier League stating Son had endangered Gomes’ safety with his initial challenge.

“Son Heung-min will be available for Tottenham Hotspur FC’s next three domestic fixtures after an independent Regulatory Commission upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal,” the FA said in a statement.

Portugal international Gomes had surgery on Monday, and Everton said afterwards he was expected to make a full recovery.

Spurs’ next domestic fixture is a Premier League home game on Saturday against Sheffield United.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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