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Seamus Coleman shows his class off the pitch

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

08:14 4 Nov 2019

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was full of praise for Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw between Everton and Spurs.

A serious leg injury to Everton midfielder Andre Gomes in the second half overshadowed the game at Goodison Park.

The serious injury left Tottenham's Son Heung-min in tears as he walked off the pitch after receiving a red card for the incident.

Referee Martin Atkinson initially showed Son a yellow card before he changed it to red.

The Premier League explained: "The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player, which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino thanked Everton captain Seamus Coleman after he came into the Spurs dressing room to offer words of comfort to a distraught Son.

The Ireland captain suffered a double leg break in 2017 in a World Cup qualifier against Wales in Dublin.

Coleman was on the bench for Everton but he was one of the first onto the pitch to comfort Gomes following the horror leg break.

Pochettino said: "the players from Everton that were fantastic, I want to say thank you.

"The captain, Coleman, came to the dressing room to console Sonny. Now it's very calm. I want to say thank you to the players and of course Coleman who came in on behalf of the Everton squad.

"We feel so sorry for Andre, but that is football. That is one of the consequences. It was never the intention of Sonny to go and make this type of tackle that are so bad, only go to challenge for the ball, and touch leg with leg and Andre land.

"I think what happened you know. It's terrible for him, his family and Everton. Only we can show our support to him and to Everton too.

"Sonny was devastated. In the moment it was a little bit confused because no one knows on the pitch when it was the action, everyone believed it was a bad tackle. That was an emotion in that moment that was a little bit confused."

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