Son Heung-min has admitted his silencing celebration was pointedly aimed at West Ham’s fans after his 30-yard stunner rescued a 1-1 draw for Tottenham at Wembley.
After cancelling out an equally spectacular long-range strike from Pedro Obiang, the South Korean instantly ran over to the away supporters, with his index finger to his lips.
Son would not go into details after the match, but it is understood he was likely reacting to an ugly incident in November, which saw him racially abused by a West Ham fan near Tottenham’s training ground.
The perpetrator videoed the exchange through his car window as he asked Son for a “copy of the new Planet of the Apes film” before adding: “You do DVDs” and “Yeah, West Ham you w*****.”
Asked about his celebration on Thursday, Son said: “It was nothing special, I don’t want to talk about it. But I think they knew why I did it and that’s it.”
Son, who is an immensely popular member of the Tottenham squad, was also subjected to chants of “DVD” by Millwall supporters during the clubs’ FA Cup quarter-final last year.
He scored a hat-trick that day and the 25-year-old’s response against West Ham was similarly emphatic, as Spurs avoided what was almost a galling defeat to their east London rivals.
Obiang’s soaring 70th-minute shot was West Ham’s first on target in the match before Son hit his sixth goal in nine games, and 10th of the season.
“This is my dream, I’m living my dream but I can’t believe it,” Son said.
“I think I can still play better of course. I am still getting better if I work hard. I have a good chance to play even better than this.”