Jose Mourinho gives his take on Eric Dier confronting an abusive fan
According to The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho admitted that Eric Dier was in the wrong to take the matter into his own hands while also refusing to back any action that will be taken against the player.
The Spurs midfielder charged into the crown to physically confront a fan who had gotten into an altercation with the player’s brother. Dier was restrained by Tottenham security staff and Spurs fans, before being escorted away to safety, with his brother in tow.
Talking about the issue after the match, Mourinho responded that such behavior has no place in the game while also leaving no doubts as to his thoughts on the matter.
“I think Eric did what we as professionals cannot do but in these circumstances, I think every one of us would do.”
Although he disagreed with the player’s actions, the Portuguese tactician understood why Dier had been forced to do so. He admitted that the player’s conduct was unprofessional but at the same time being sympathetic to his cause.
“I am with the player, and I understand the player.”
The incident occurred after a fan levied criticism on Dier which did not sit well with his younger brother. The altercation flared up necessitating the intervention of the midfielder. It was confirmed by Mourinho who also gave a similar story.
“This person insulted Eric, the younger brother was not happy with the situation and Eric was not happy”
It will be a surprise if the FA does not launch an investigation into the matter. Whatever the moral justification may be, it depends to be seen how the lawmakers view the midfielder’s antics.
Mourinho came out openly in support of his player stating that although he does not agree with his actions, he is not in favour of seeing the player punished for it.
“If the club discipline Eric Dier I would not agree with it, but what he did was wrong.”
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It was a miserable night for Tottenham as they let slip a lead once again to end up losing to Norwich City. The FA Cup represented the club’s best chance of silverware this season and we have only ourselves to blame for this acrimonious exit.
We return to action against Burnely on the weekend before travelling to Leipzig for the second leg of our UEFA Champions League round of 16 fixture.