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Son breaks silence on Gomes injury: “I am really sorry”

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Son Heung-Min spoke to the press for the first time since he was sent off after his role in the injury to Everton midfielder Andre Gomes on Sunday. Sonny tackled Gomes in the second half of Spurs’ 1-1 draw against Everton, which ended with Gomes breaking his ankle in a freak injury at the end of the play.

Now, in his first public comments since the Everton match, and after a Champions League match in which he scored a brace and seemed to apologize to Gomes on the pitch, Son addressed the incident, saying that he was “really sorry” for what happened.

“It has been a really tough few days.

“I have realised how lucky I am with all the support I have had from the fans and my team-mates. I can say I’m really sorry for the accident and the situation but I had to focus for the team and I had to keep going and it was the right response to all the people who have supported me.”

Son had his red card and subsequent three match ban overturned by the Premier League on appeal after it was determined that he was wrongfully sent off by match official Martin Atkinson.

I have no doubt that Son’s apology is genuine. You’d have to be a monster (or the hardest of Everton supporters) to look at his reaction on the pitch on Sunday night and think that he didn’t feel genuine sorrow and remorse for what happened to Gomes. An apology probably won’t be enough for those people, but hopefully it’ll be enough for Gomes.