Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Eric Dier was involved in a heated confrontation with a spectator after his side’s penalty shootout defeat at the hands of Norwich City in the FA Cup on Wednesday evening at the Spurs Stadium.
Spurs boss Jose Mourihno condemns the actions of his player but understands his frustration and also defended his reaction as the fan “insulted” Dier.
“This person insulted Eric, the family was there, the younger brother was not happy with the situation, “said Mourinho.
A furious looking Dier went into the crowd to confront a Spurs fan that was allegedly abusing his ‘’brother’’.
I cannot run away from the question and I think Eric Dier did something that we professionals cannot but, in these circumstances, something that every one of us would do,” Mourinho said.
“When someone insults you and your family is there, and your family gets involved with the person that is insulting you, in this case your younger brother, I think Eric did what we professionals cannot do.
“But, I repeat, probably every one of us would do. I am with the player and I understand the player, “added the Spurs coach.
Dier was heard saying: “That’s my brother.”
Asked whether the club would discipline the England international, Mourinho said: “If the club does that, I will not agree.”
There are speculation suggesting Dier went into the crowd to confront the fan after he had racially abused Gedson Fernandes. When asked to confirm if this was the case Mourinho said he cannot say.
“I do not know. I just know the reaction of Eric was based on that his brother didn’t like what was happening there.”
By FARPost Reporter