Eric Dier was left unhappy with the Football Association’s process that saw him fined and banned for four matches earlier this year. The punishment followed an incident with fans at the conclusion of Tottenham Hotspur‘s FA Cup defeat on penalties to Norwich City in March 2020.
Eric Dier Expresses His Unhappiness With Football Association Process
Eric Dier’s brother, Patrick, had been involved in an altercation with a Spurs fan at the end of the defeat and word reached Dier on the pitch. Dier jumped over the advertising hoardings and a number of empty seats to go and protect his brother.
Eric Dier Unhappy With ‘Harsh’ Punishment
Whilst Eric Dier admits that his conduct was improper, the England and Tottenham defender told the Daily Mirror that he was ‘stunned’ by the severity of his punishment: ”It was harsh. I have very strong views, but not just on the ban itself but the process that took place to get to that.
“If you were to compare the ban and fine to other things, I think you’d find some strange outcomes.
“There is a time when I will talk about it when I’m retired or not playing in England anymore.”
127 days was an exceptionally long period of time for the decision to be reached and The FA were also criticised by Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho at the time.
Mourinho Offered His Understanding
In quotes cited by The Independent in March, Jose Mourinho admitted that he felt that Dier only reacted in the way anyone would if a member of their own family was in that position: “I think Eric Dier did something that we professionals cannot do but in these circumstances, every one of us would do,”
Mourinho continued: “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 every one of us would do. I repeat, we professionals we cannot do, but I repeat I am with the player and I understand the player”
Dier Cannot Wait for Return of Fans
Despite the altercation and punishment handed out, all of which has now been served, Eric Dier cannot wait for fans to return: ”Abuse from fans is something that is always going to exist. But I think the atmosphere in stadiums when fans get back will be incredible and it is something I catch myself thinking about and I can’t wait.”
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