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Tottenham appeal against Son Heung-min’s red card in defeat by Chelsea

It is the second time this season Son has been sent off, although his first dismissed was overturned on appeal

Tottenham have appealed against the red card shown to Son Heung-min in the loss to Chelsea on Sunday, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed.

The South Korean was sent off in the second half of the 2-0 defeat after VAR ruled he had kicked out at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Spurs are waiting to find out if Son will be available for the Boxing Day game with Brighton.

“I hope Son is not punished five times,” Mourinho said.

“One time was the foul that Rudiger did on him. The second is to be sent off. The third would be not to play against Brighton. The fourth not to play against Norwich and the fifth not to play against Southampton.

“So I hope to be punished twice is enough, he doesn’t deserve for the third the fourth or the fifth.”

It is the second time Son has been sent off this season after he was dismissed in the 1-1 draw with Everton on 3 November.

Son was dismissed in that game for a tackle that led to Everton midfielder Andre Gomes suffering a serious ankle injury but it was overturned by the Football Association.

However, Mourinho thinks it should be Rudiger’s reaction to Son’s challenge that is coming under scrutiny, and not Son’s action.

“I hope the Premier League is still the Premier League and will always be the Premier League and I think the focus should be on Antonio Rudiger and not on Son,” Mourinho said.

“I’m not speaking about the racism incident, this is another thing. I am speaking about that incident, the red card.

“In the Premier League I love there is no space also for what Rudiger did. Stand up and play man. This is the Premier League.”

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