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Everton fans were stunned by the news that Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk’s red card had been confirmed as comparisons were made to the incident between Andre Gomes and Heung-Min Son.
The 22-year-old was sent off on Sunday for a tackle on Liverpool player Harvey Elliott during the Yorkshire club’s 3-0 loss. Elliott was stretched off the field with a dislocated ankle, but the player himself admitted that he did not believe it was a red card violation.
Despite Leeds appealing to the FA, his three-game suspension has been upheld .
The decision not to overturn the defender’s suspension is outraged Everton fans, who emphasized the Disciplinary Board’s willingness to withdraw Heung-Min Son’s red card for his tackle on André Gomes in Nov 2019.
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The challenge from the Tottenham forward left Gomes with an ankle fracture that left the Portuguese midfielder out for 112 days.
While Son was visibly upset while the Everton man was being treated, the FA took the option to reverse referee Martin Atkinson’s red card, much to the frustration of Blues supporters.
Both his and van Struijk’s tackles were done from behind, with the South Korean being annoyed by a previous incident, which likely influenced the lack of composure in his challenge – although it is the inconsistency of the rules applied that the Everton fans most annoyed.
After making a full recovery, the former Barcelona midfielder made 11 more appearances during the 2019-20 season, before making 28 appearances last season.
But starting under new boss Rafa Benitez, Gomes still had a game-changing effect when he came off the bench against Burnley on Monday night.
The Spanish coach’s tactical adjustment to bolster Everton’s midfield proved to be the catalyst for his side’s impressive 3-1 win.
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