Former Premier League referee gives his verdict on penalty decision and red card to Tottenham’s Son

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Tottenham’s Son Heung-min was shown a red card after a VAR review of his challenge on Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

The decision left Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho fuming with the Portuguese suggesting it was never a red.

According to former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher, the decision to send Son off was the correct call.

“For me, again, VAR has done a massive service to the game. He uses both boots and you can’t do that. For me it’s a red card. His boots [are] back and then suddenly, bang,” Gallagher told Sky Sports.

“To lift your boots up like that when you’re on the floor, you’ve got to do that with a certain amount of force because you have to throw your body up. VAR was absolutely correct.”

Gallagher also backed the decision to give Chelsea a penalty after Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga clattered into Marcos Alonso.

“This is VAR at its best. We want to see VAR in use for the big decisions and that’s exactly what we get. Perhaps initially Anthony thinks Alonso has gone into the goalkeeper, but it’s 100 per cent a penalty. The VAR has told him he has to change his mind,” he added.

“The VAR is in a difficult position [to show Gazzaniga a red card] because you are going from the polar opposite. I think what probably saved him was his boot didn’t contact him like he intended and that was his saving grace, but it was a bad tackle.”

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