TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Everton skipper Seamus Coleman and a number of other players consoled Son Heung-min in the dressing room.
The Spurs forward was reduced to tears after his tackle on Andre Gomes left the midfielder with a suspected broken leg.
Son, 27, was shown a straight red card for the challenge, despite referee Martin Atkinson initially bringing out the yellow.
A Premier League statement said the South Korean international was given his marching orders because his tackle “endangered the safety” of the former Barcelona ace.
Dele Alli declared after the game that Son was struggling to lift his head up, but Pochettino has since revealed that the ex-Hamburg winger is now feeling better.
The former Southampton gaffer said: “He was devastated but now he’s better. I think the players from Everton came to console him.
“In the moment was a little bit confusing, because no-one knows on the pitch what happened. Everyone believed that it was a bad tackle and there was emotion.
“But after when everyone watched on TV and saw the [injury] was very, very, very bad luck. We all feel sorry for Andre. We want to send our best wishes to him and the family in this tough moment.”
Asked in his press conference whether Son will get help dealing with what happened, Poch added: “We are the best psychologists, the physios, the doctors, the team-mates and the players from Everton that were fantastic.
“I want to say thank you to the captain, Coleman, they came to the dressing room to console Sonny and now he’s very calm.
“I want to say thank you to the players and Coleman, who came in on behalf of the players of Everton.”
Everton boss Marco Silva told beIN SPORTS: “We have to be fair to Son. All the respect to Son.
“Every time I look to him, and Andre, both of them we can put as high-level football players.
“High-level characters as well. Even if I don’t know Son personally, he’s a very good player, I don’t believe he did that with bad intention. No, it was a tackle in that moment but not with bad intention for sure.
“He doesn’t want that for sure. He’s so sad in this moment, in the dressing room, because a football player like Son does not want to do that, I am 100% sure he doesn’t want to do something with that intention.”
It was an opinion shared by many that Son shouldn’t have been sent off, as Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker tweeted: “Son clearly massively upset.
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“Without the injury he wouldn’t have been shown a red card. He’ll care less about that than injuring a fellow professional so seriously. Such a shame.”
Michael Owen said: “Shocking decision to send Son off but that’s insignificant in the scheme of things. The wellbeing of players is the most important thing. Get well soon Andre Gomes.”
Jamie Carragher added: “It’s not a red card. Son is just trying to stop him in his tracks and Gomes’ foot just gets caught underneath him.”