Ex-Premier League referee issues verdict on Heung-min Son landing extended Tottenham ban
Heung-min Son was “lucky” to avoid a yellow card for an elbow on Rob Holding as Tottenham beat Arsenal 3-0 last week (12 May), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Son did not deserve to be sent off as he had not clenched his fist before laying into Holding’s face.
In the 12th minute, the 29-year-old and his opponent were wrestling on the floor before Son landed his arm in his opponent.
Just over 20 minutes Holding, 26, was shown a second yellow for two bookable offences and as a result, he will serve a one-game ban.
If the Spurs was shown a straight red he would have served a three-match ban and missed the rest of the Premier League season.
“As far as Son‘s concerned and that elbow, he’s a lucky guy,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“Listen, the saving grace is that he hasn’t got a clenched fist so I’m not going to give him a red card, I’m going to give him a yellow.
“I think he’s used his arm in a reckless manner, I don’t think he’s using it as a tool.
“The reason I am giving him a yellow instead of a red is that he hasn’t got a clenched fist. A clenched fist is when you’re putting the power into it, there isn’t the power.
“This is why VAR didn’t come in on this and Son has got away with one. The referee has got no chance of seeing it. VAR has looked it and thought it was a yellow and not a red so they can’t come in.”