Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier has been handed a four-game ban and a £40,000 fine for confronting a fan in March. The incident happened during Spurs’ FA Cup defeat at home to Norwich City shortly before the season was suspended.
Eric Dier Banned and Fined for Confronting Fan
[1/4] 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. pic.twitter.com/zQBzWAxn3h
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) July 8, 2020
Dier Will Miss Most of Season
The four-game ban for Dier means that he will miss all but one of Spurs’ remaining Premier League fixtures. These include tomorrow’s trip to Bournemouth, the North London derby against Arsenal, an away game at Newcastle United and the home match against Leicester City.
He could return for the final game of the season against Crystal Palace, however, which could have big implications on whether Spurs will be playing in Europe next season.
A statement from the FA said: “The Tottenham player admitted that his actions at the conclusion of a fixture against Norwich City in the FA Cup were improper but denied that they were also threatening.
“An independent regulatory commission subsequently found Eric Dier’s actions to be threatening.”
After the game, which Norwich won on penalties, ended, Dier could be seen jumping over the pitchside barriers and climbing over rows of seats towards a fan close to the hospitality boxes.
A video which surfaced on social media showed Dier shouting “he’s my brother” while he was being restrained by stewards and other fans in the crowd.
At his hearing, Dier said he felt he did not deserve a footballing fan as he was just trying to protect his brother, but the panel disagreed and in a written statement, they said that some of the aggravating factors included the stand being heavily populated with fans, Dier’s determination to reach the fan and the fact that his actions caused some pushing and shoving in the stands.