Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg believes Serge Aurier could also have been sent off after Heung-Min Son’s dismissal at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Son saw red for the part he played in Andre Gomes’ horrific injury during the draw between Everton and Tottenham, though Spurs have reportedly appealed against the dismissal after it became clear the challenge could be deemed unworthy of a sending off.

Replays and images showed Gomes appeared to sustain the injury when his leg planted in the moment between challenges from Son and Aurier. Of course, he would not have fallen in the first place had he not been tripped by Son, but the incident has been labelled a “freak accident”.

In any case, Clattenburg has suggested Aurier could also have been shown a red card despite the accidental nature of the incident.

“I think the injury was caused by a freak combination of Son’s challenge followed by Gomes’ foot planting in the turf and then the impact from Spurs defender Serge Aurier,” Clattenburg wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

“That being the case, should Aurier have been sent off too? It was a very difficult situation for Atkinson.”

It’s rather strange to see an established official suggest two players could have been sent off when neither committed a challenge worthy of a red card. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.



  1. Referees sending to want a no-contact game. Football is a game where you have to take chances and extend yourself to win the ball back.
    This will turn it into basketball, where each team wanders down the pitch unchallenged before having a shot. Repeat for the other team and nauseam.

  2. Of course he could have been sent off – there are no bounds to the behaviour or judgement of EPL referees especially those now earning a living in the media


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