Eric Dier will not be involved in Tottenham’s game against Bournemouth today – but why is he banned?
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Eric Dier will miss Tottenham’s Premier League match at Bournemouth this evening. The 26-year-old was handed a ban and a fine by the Football Association this week.
Why is Eric Dier not playing against Bournemouth?
Dier was handed a four-match ban by the FA for climbing into the stands to confront a fan who was arguing with his brother.
The incident occurred after Tottenham was knocked out of the FA Cup by Norwich in March.
Dier told a hearing he entered the crowd to protect his brother but an independent panel ruled that his actions were “threatening”.
In addition, the Spurs midfielder, who also plays as a defender, received a £40,000 fine and warned about his future conduct.
An FA statement read: “Eric Dier has been suspended for four matches with immediate effect, fined £40,000 and warned as to his future conduct following a breach of FA Rule E3.
“The Tottenham Hotspur FC player admitted that his actions at the conclusion of a fixture against Norwich City FC in The FA Cup on 04 March 2020 were improper but denied that they were also threatening.
“An independent Regulatory Commission subsequently found Eric Dier’s actions to be threatening.”
In a statement, Dier said: “I instinctively jumped over the barrier and began climbing the rows of seats towards Patrick and the three men.
“All that was going through my mind was that I must protect Patrick. In hindsight I feel even more responsible for his safety. He had gone to the game to support me, and he had become upset by the personal abuse being yelled at me, and that had led him into this situation.
“At no point did I say or do anything in a threatening way. Had I reached the supporter and the other two men at any time, my priority was to get to Patrick and get him away from the situation.
“Had I had the opportunity I would have also asked the supporter why he was abusing me in that manner.
“I have never had any problem with strong criticism of me as a footballer from the stands and football is all about opinions; that is one of the reasons I love it so much. However, any kind of abuse which is personal and vitriolic I find unacceptable and would be unacceptable anywhere.”
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho initially remained quiet on the matter but has now hit back at the FA.
The Spurs boss said: “My feeling is that in the majority of the cases, football is not protected by the people that are powerful and doesn’t belong to this world.
“That’s simply my feeling. Powerful people – that doesn’t belong to the tribe. And they don’t have the feelings.
“They don’t have the know-how, and it’s very, very difficult to lead something when you don’t have a clue about the world that you are leading.”
Mourinho also revealed that Dier later met with the fan to resolve the issue.
He added: ”The fan had the opportunity to meet the player, had the opportunity to apologise to the player, had the opportunity to understand that we are very well paid but we are not robots.
“We are very well paid but we have families and friends that support us in the stadiums. So I think it was a good opportunity for that fan to turn his profile and become a different fan.
“It was Dier’s own decision to do it, because the person in this case, first of all, is a Tottenham fan and was sorry about what happened.
“The way I was told he had the dignity to want to apologise to him. It was a nice thing that, in normal circumstances, especially after saying that he never felt under threat at any moment of the situation, would be enough for a fair decision.”