Fans who saw Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham)’s tackle claim a ‘red card’.
British media The Sun reported fans’ reactions to Son Heung-min’s tackle against Fulham on the 24th (Korean time).
Son Heung-min, who started against Fulham, reached out to steal the ball between defenders in the 28th minute of the first half. At this time, Fulham’s Kenny Tete kicked the ball first, and Son Heung-min stepped on Tete’s ankle. The referee’s decision is a yellow card. The referee maintained the centrifuge at the end of the VAR check.
A few fans expressed their displeasure. “How they didn’t get a red card, it’s really funny”, “Are the referees waiting for someone to get seriously hurt?” Many responded that they did not understand the judgment.
However, former referee Mark Halsay of the English Premier League (EPL) said, “Son Heung-min made a reckless challenge to Tete, but I agree with referee Paul Tierney’s judgment of a yellow card. I don’t think Son Heung-min used excessive force (on the tackle).”
Meanwhile, Tottenham defeated Fulham 1-0 in the EPL round 21 away match. Son Heung-min helped Kane score with an accurate pass just before the end of the first half.