Tottenham Hotspur were in hot waters last night against Norwich City.
Eric Dier did himself no favours as he got involved in an ugly spat with fans in Tottenham’s defeat in the 5th round FA Cup match.
The England international was found wading into the crowd to confront an abusive fan and had to be separated by others from launching himself on to the fan.
Jose Mourinho was left sad by the incident and while he condemned Dier’s professional behaviour, he sympathised with Eric saying it was only human to defend your family.
‘This person insulted Eric, the younger brother was not happy with the situation and Eric was not happy. We as professionals cannot do what he did,’ Mourinho said after the game. ‘I don’t think that belongs to the game. The game was a fantastic representation of the FA Cup, but I cannot run away from the question.
I think Eric Dier did what we as professionals cannot do but when someone insults you and your family is involved, especially your young brother.’
He said: ‘If the club [decide to] discipline Eric Dier I would not agree with it, but what he did was wrong.’
‘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 [real fans] are the ones who support the boys until the last. ‘This person insulted Eric, his family was there. ‘The young brother was not happy with the situation and then Eric, I repeat did what we professionals cannot do, but did something that probably we would do.’
It remains to be sen what Spurs make of the situation.