Dier hit with four-game ban and £40,000 fine for City FA Cup fan spat
PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 July 2020 | UPDATED: 11:40 08 July 2020
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Tottenham and England international Eric Dier has been suspended for four games and fined £40,000 for climbing into the stands to confront a supporter at the end of Norwich City’s epic FA Cup penalty shoot-out win over Spurs.
The FA confirmed Dier’s punishment on Wednesday morning - with immediate effect - while the utility player was also warned as to his future conduct following a breach of FA rule E3.
Spurs’ boss Joe Mourinho claimed at the time Dier reacted to verbal provocation towards him and his family, after he had scaled seats in the lower tier of the main stand, before stewards intervened.
The 26-year-old was charged with misconduct in April and an independent regulatory commission subsequently found his actions to be ‘threatening’. Dier himself admitted that his actions were improper but denied that they were also threatening.
Norwich triumphed 3-2 on penalties after the fifth round tie finished 1-1 in front of 9,000 away fans, but lost their FA Cup quarter-final to Manchester United in extra-time last month.
Mourinho condemned Dier’s actions on the night 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.”