"Embarrassing" - Everton fans make same Andre Gomes point as Pascal Struijk ban upheld

By Jake Bayliss

Everton fans were left stunned by the news that Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk’s red card was upheld, as comparisons were made with the incident between Andre Gomes and Heung-Min Son.

The 22-year-old was sent off for a tackle on Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott during the Yorkshire club’s 3-0 defeat on Sunday. Elliott was stretchered off the pitch with a dislocated ankle but the player himself admitted that he didn’t believe it was a red card offence.

However, despite Leeds lodging an appeal with the FA, his three-match ban has been upheld .

The decision not to overturn the defender’s suspension has outraged Everton fans, who highlighted the disciplinary board’s willingness to rescind Heung-Min Son’s red card for his tackle on Andre Gomes in November 2019.

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The Tottenham forward’s challenge left Gomes with a fracture-dislocated ankle, which ruled the Portuguese midfielder out for 112 days.

With Son visibly upset while the Everton man received treatment, the FA took the option to reverse referee Martin Atkinson’s red card, much to the frustration of Blues supporters.

Both his and Struijk’s tackles were made from behind, with the South Korean irked by an earlier incident, likely influencing the lack of composure in his challenge - although it is the inconsistency of the rules being applied that has most riled Everton fans.

Having made a full recovery, the former Barcelona midfielder went on to make 11 further appearances during the 2019/20 campaign, before featuring 28 times last season.

Yet to start under new boss Rafa Benitez, Gomes did still have a game-changing effect when he came off the bench against Burnley on Monday night.

The Spanish coach’s tactical tweak to bolster Everton’s midfield proved to be the catalyst for his side’s impressive 3-1 comeback win.


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