Dermot Gallagher has told Sky Sports that he believes referee Craig Pawson was right to send off both Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth as Tottenham Hotspur suffered a 1-0 loss to AFC Bournemouth.
A frustrating few weeks was made even worse as Nathan Ake netted an injury-time winner against Mauricio Pochettino’s side, after they were reduced to nine men just after half time.
Son was shown his marching orders in the first half, after a scuffle with midfielder Jefferson Lerma saw Son aggressively push the Cherries midfielder to the ground. Foyth was sent off for a tackle on Jack Simpson.
Many Spurs fans and even Spurs legends Graham Roberts and Ossie Ardiles believe Pawson was wrong on Twitter, but ex-Premier League referee Gallagher believes Pawson was right to reduce Spurs to nine men.
“It’s unfortunate as he’s gone to grab the ball but Lerma has kicked it away from him. Son puts his hand in Lerma’s face and pushes him over. The referee has got no choice but to show the red,” Gallagher said on Son’s red card.
“I don’t believe Foyth went to hurt Simpson. But it’s a very, very bad tackle. There’s nothing a referee can do other than give a red card.”
The red card shown to Son was perhaps made a lot worse by Lerma, who threw himself to the ground upon touching Son. A yellow card could have sufficed for the attacker.
However, Pawson was well within his rights to give Son a red card, and was spot on to give Foyth a red card for his tackle on Simpson which saw the Argentine fly in, studs up, knee high.