Everton midfielder Andre Gomes has suffered a horrifying career-threatening injury today after his foot appeared to twist in the ground in a match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs forward Son Heung Min was sent off for the challenge and was mortified by what happened, holding his head in his hands as he was reduced to tears.
His teammate Serge Aurier, who was also involved in the collision, was seen praying on the pitch and was substituted shortly afterwards, unable to continue with the game.
Andre Gomes screams in agony after suffering a suspected leg break on Sunday
South Korean Son Heung Min walked off the pitch in tears with his head in his hands after being shown a red card for the tackle
Everton’s players immediately crowded around Gomes and looked distraught as they saw the extent of his injuries
Gomes, 26, who signed permanently for Everton this summer for £22million after a loan spell last year, was stretchered off to a standing ovation
Everton fans near the incident struggled to look at the sickening injury as players and coaching staff from both teams appeared distraught and comforted each other.
Initial viewing showed that Son made the initial tackle before Aurier made contact with Gomes while the midfielder was on the ground.
The Portugal international was caught by a late challenge but it was the way he fell awkwardly, as Serge Aurier closed in, which did the damage with his right ankle seemingly at right angles to his shin.
The injury, which happened with the score at 1-0 to Tottenham, was so graphic that Sky Sports only showed replays up to the point of contact.
The game ended 1-1 with an equaliser deep into the 12 minutes of injury time caused by the incident.
A distressed Son (No 7, left) has his head in his hands after seeing Gomes’ horrific injury
Gary Lineker said the injury looked ‘hideous’. Sky Sports decided not to show replays of the incident
Tottenham’s Son was inconsolable following the challenge which referee Martin Atkinson deemed a red card offence
An upset Son leaves the pitch after being shown a straight red card for his tackle on Gomes
Gomes was stretchered off the pitch after receiving medical treatment for some time, and fans around the ground gave him a standing ovation while they sang his name.
Everton went on to equalise in added time, sparking wild celebrations from the fans.
Toffees boss Marco Silva said: ‘It is a bad moment for us as a group and as a team. It more than a football game, this is the most important thing right now. We as a group have to keep togetherness.
‘He went to the hospital. Now our medical staff are taking control of everything. We’ll wait to hear more and find out exactly what the situation is.
‘It’s a bad moment as a team. Now we’ll give all the support to Andre. The spirit we showed after that moment was fantastic.
‘I didn’t see the moment. I saw him there on the floor and saw nothing more. I can’t talk to you about the incident because I didn’t see the images until now.
‘We showed fantastic team spirit. It’s the most important thing. It was a really tough game but we showed great character, particularly late on.’
The gruesome scenes bring to mind similar football agonies such as the ones suffered by Arsenal’s Eduardo and Coventry’s David Busst.
Many have criticised referee Martin Atkinson for showing Son a red card despite the result of the challenge.
Players from both sides are in shock as Gomes receives urgent medical attention
The Portuguese midfielder receives oxygen while he is carried off the field on a stretcher
Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on a pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest in a match against Tottenham in 2012, tweeted emojis of praying hands for Gomes
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min committed the initial tackle on Gomes in the second half
A yellow card was first issued before Atkinson upgraded it to a red upon seeing the injury. He did not consult VAR.
The Premier League have since issued a statement saying: ‘The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.’
Everton’s Fabian Delph struggled to talk to Sky Sports after the game, saying: ‘We feel just as you can imagine. It’s difficult time for us. He is one of our brothers, someone we care about.
‘It is difficult to put into words how we feel. As soon as we could get in touch we will send him our best. It’s difficult to see. It’s hard to talk now.’
Many are already wishing Gomes a speedy recovery including Gary Lineker who tweeted: ‘Oh dear me. Poor Gomes. That looks hideous.’
Son is comforted by Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and striker Cenk Tosun
Michael Owen shared his concern for Gomes but also said it was a ‘shocking decision’ to send off Son
Gomes falls to the fall in pain before Serge Aurier (left) runs in to get the ball off the midfielder
All corners of the stadium gave Gomes a standing ovation as he was stretchered off the pitch and taken to hospital
After the game, Dele Alli told Sky Sports: ‘Son is devastated and in tears. It’s not his fault. Son is one of nicest people you’ve ever met. He can’t even lift his head up, he’s crying so much.
‘You have to stay professional, focused and switched on. Unfortunately we switched off and they equalised.
‘Tottenham send our best to Andre Gomes. You never want to see that on any other professional.’
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said after the game: ‘We feel really sorry. It was a really bad situation, very bad luck how he landed. We can only send our best wishes.
‘Son is devastated. I was confused during the situation. When you watch it afterwards, it was never a tackle that intended to do harm. It’s just very, very unlucky.’
Jamie Carragher, who was in the commentary box for Sky Sports’ coverage of the game, pointed out that Gomes’s Everton team-mate Seamus Coleman suffered a similar injury.
Former Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair said it was ‘heartbreaking’ to see Gomes suffer such an awful injury
Ryan Mason, who was forced to retire after he suffered a fractured skill during a game when he was just 26
He said: ‘Coleman suffered something similar a few years ago. He’s probably not come back as quite the same player, those types of injuries are very difficult to come back from.’
While some criticised the referee’s decision to send off Son despite the sickening result of the challenge, everyone is united in sending Gomes their best wishes.
Football’s most sickening injuries
David Busst: The injury which ended Coventry defender David Busst’s career is widely regarded as one of the most gruesome in the history of the game.
Just two minutes into Coventry’s game at Manchester United on April 8 1996, having ventured forward after his team won a corner, Busst collided with United players Denis Irwin and Brian McClair, suffering extensive compound fractures to both the tibia and fibula of his right leg.
David Busst collided with United players Denis Irwin and Brian McClair in 1996 in what is considered one of football’s most gruesome injuries
The match was delayed for nine minutes while Busst was carried from the field on a stretcher while water and sand had to be used to clean his blood from the pitch.
United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel vomited on the pitch after seeing the injury and required counselling afterwards along with a number of other players present.
Eduardo: The Arsenal forward was on the end of a shocking tackle from Birmingham City’s Martin Taylor in 2008.
It was a shocking collision that left the diminutive Croatian forward with a compound fracture to his left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle.
Eduardo was on the end of a shocking tackle from Birmingham City’s Martin Taylor in 2008
So severe was the damage, Eduardo received treatment on the pitch for seven minutes before undergoing surgery at a local hospital. The injury was so grimacing that Sky Sports even refused to show replays.
Taylor was sent off for the offence but Arsene Wenger called for the defender to be banned from the game for life in his post-match press conference. Even FIFA waded in with disgraced former president Sepp Blatter requesting their disciplinary chairman review the matter.
Alf-Inge Haaland: Roy Keane’s shocking tackle on Alf-Inge Haland in the Manchester derby is considered one of the worst in Premier League history.
Four years previously Haaland, who was playing for Leeds, had accused the hard-hitting United midfielder of ‘faking’ pain after the Irishman went down in the penalty area following their collision at Elland Road. He clearly wasn’t as he subsequently missed nearly a year of action with a cruciate ligament injury.
Then, in 2001, Keane got his own back by producing a horrible challenge that all but ended Haaland’s career. During the derby at Old Trafford, Keane flew into a tackle on the City player with his studs up into the knee.
Roy Keane’s tackle in the Manchester derby left Alf-Inge Haaland with serious injuries
In his autobiography, Keane said it was an act of vengeance over Haaland.
‘I’d waited long enough. I f****** hit him hard. The ball was there (I think). Take that you c***,’ were his infamous quotes. ‘And don’t ever stand over me again sneering about fake injuries.’
Keane was sent off for the foul, fined £5,000 and given a three-match ban. But after his book emerged, Keane found himself subject to an FA inquiry and received an additional five-game ban, and £150,000 fine, despite claiming his ghostwriter had embellished his real words.
Haaland never played a full 90 minutes of football again
Haaland was flipped over and landed on the turf upside down such was the force of the tackle
Aaron Ramsey: The then 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder was on the receiving end of that tackle from Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross, a challenge that broke his leg twice in a manner which caused onlookers to wince and look away in disgust.
Ramsey was out of action for nine months and never accepted Shawcross’s apology, the source of an ongoing rivalry between Arsenal and Stoke.
Arsenal players react as Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City gets a red card following the horrific injury to Aaron Ramsey
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger condemned the challenge as ‘horrendous and unacceptable’, while also criticising Stoke’s overall approach.
Wenger brandished Stoke boss Tony Pulis’s approach as ‘rugby’ tactics.
Djibril Cisse: The France and Liverpool forward had the misfortune of suffering two horrific leg breaks during his career.
During an international against China in 2006, his leg twisted under him, with fellow striker Thierry Henry hearing his anguished screams.
Fortunately the injury did not curtail his long career.
Djibril Cisse had the misfortune of suffering two horrific leg breaks during his career, including one during an international against China