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‘I’d do it again’ – Tottenham player Eric Dier speaks out on fan confrontation incident

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‘I’d do it again’ – Tottenham player Eric Dier speaks out on fan confrontation incident

Eric Dier, a standout for Tottenham, had no remorse over the occasion he approached a supporter who was insulting his brother from the terraces.

Back in March 2020, Spurs suffered an ugly FA Cup loss to Norwich, but what transpired after the match made headlines.

Dier was observed entering the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium stands to fight a fan and protect his younger brother Patrick.

The FA punished the defender with a four-match suspension and a £40,000 fine for the incident, but almost two years later, the England international claims he would do it all over again.

“I’ve never spoken about that situation in the press before because, to be honest, I wasn’t at all happy with the way it was handled,” Dier said.

“I don’t know what I can say about it because I don’t know if I’ll get banned or fined again or whatever. It wasn’t too dramatic like people make it out to be. But, yeah, I don’t regret it at all and I’d do it again.

“[For] my family, my team-mates, anyone, a friend of mine. I consider myself to be extremely loyal.”

Since the reopening of stadiums to full capacity following the COVID-19 lockdowns, several questions have been raised about the behaviour of football supporters during games.

Dier believes the situation has “definitely” worsened over the past few seasons, to the point that he doesn’t want his family to attend away games for fear of their safety, despite his belief that Tottenham supporters are equally to blame.

“I had some family and friends at the Chelsea away game with Tottenham [in August] and they had problems and stuff,” the 28-year-old added.

“Not nice ones either. It is a serious problem.

“It was verbal, not physical, but like, bad stuff. One incident was in the Tottenham away end. I want to emphasise it was both sets of fans – I am not saying it is Chelsea fans or Tottenham fans, it is football fans in general.

“It is not nice. My family would never go to an away game nowadays because of it and that’s a shame that I feel too uncomfortable for them to go to away games.

“This has been [going on] for years. My mum has not been to an away game. She would love to, but I would be worried about it and that’s crazy, isn’t it?

“All of our [players’] families go through it. Every player’s parents have been watching them since they were kids and have gone through that kind of stuff.”

‘I’d do it again’ – Tottenham player Eric Dier speaks out on fan confrontation incident

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