Dier hit with FA misconduct charge over fan spat following Norwich City cup defeat
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Tottenham and England player Eric Dier has been charged with misconduct after clambering into the stands to confront a supporter following Norwich City’s FA Cup penalty shoot out win last month.
Dier reacted to what his manager Jose Mourinho said immediately after the game was verbal provocation towards the player and his family by scaling seats in the lower tier of the main stand, in a bid to seemingly confront the individual before stewards intervened.
The England international now has until May 8 to respond after the FA released a statement on Thursday afternoon, which read: “Eric Dier has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3.
“It is alleged that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s actions at the conclusion of the FA Cup fixture against Norwich City FC on Wednesday March 4 2020 were improper and/or threatening.
“Eric Dier has until Friday May 8 2020 to provide a response.”
Norwich triumphed 3-2 on penalties after the fifth round tie finished 1-1 after extra-time to set up a home quarter-final against Manchester United, prior to football’s lockdown due to the global pandemic.
Spurs’ chief Mourinho condemned Dier’s actions in his post-match media duties.
“I think Eric Dier did something that we professionals cannot do but in these circumstances every one of us would do,” he said.
“Because when somebody insults you, and your family is there, and you get involved with the person that is insulting you, in this case a younger brother, I think Eric did what we professionals cannot do.
“But I repeat, probably everyone of us would do. I repeat, we professionals we cannot do, but I repeat I am with the player and I understand the player.
“This person insulted Eric, his family was there. The young brother was not happy with the situation and then Eric, I repeat (he) did what we professionals cannot do, but did something that probably we would do.”
The incident happened in the area behind the dugouts, which is a corporate section, and Mourinho criticised it for not housing ‘real Tottenham fans’.
“The people that are in these privileged positions by the tunnel,” he said.
“Of course some are Tottenham fans but I think a lot of corporate, a lot of invitation, a lot of people with special status and probably it’s the place of the stadium where I sometimes have doubts over if they are the real Tottenham fans because these are the ones who support the boys until the last.”