Fan Confrontation: Tottenham’s Eric Dier Banned For Four Games

Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (L) vies for the ball against Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Eric Dier (R) during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on June 19, 2020. Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP
File: Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (L) vies for the ball against Tottenham Hotspur’s English defender Eric Dier (R) during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on June 19, 2020. Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP

 

 

Tottenham’s Eric Dier has received a four-match ban and been fined £40,000 for climbing into the stands to confront a supporter after his side’s FA Cup exit to Norwich.

The England international has been sanctioned by the Football Association on a charge of misconduct for the incident, which happened on March 4.

Dier, whose team had just lost a penalty shootout, saw his brother  being abused by a fan and raced to his aid. There was no physical exchange and the matter was not pursued by the police after a brief investigation.

However, the FA opted to punish Dier.

“Eric Dier has been suspended for four matches with immediate effect, fined £40,000 ($50,000) and warned as to his future conduct following a breach of FA Rule E3,” it said in a statement.

“The Tottenham Hotspur FC player admitted that his actions at the conclusion of a fixture against Norwich City FC in The FA Cup on 4 March 2020 were improper but denied that they were also threatening.

“An independent regulatory commission subsequently found Eric Dier’s actions to be threatening.”

The punishment, which rules Dier out for all but one of Spurs’ remaining Premier League games this season, will anger boss Jose Mourinho, who has defended his player.

He recently said he did not expect Dier to receive any punishment after the FA chose not to sanction Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi for grabbing Brighton striker Neal Maupay around the neck.

Dier’s absence will be a blow for Spurs in their pursuit of European football next season who has been first choice in central defence since the season restarted last month.

Tottenham’s Dier Ruled Out Till New Year

Leicester City’s Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki (L) jumps for a header with Tottenham Hotspur’s English defender Eric Dier during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on December 8, 2018. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

England international Eric Dier will miss the rest of the year after having surgery to remove his appendix, Tottenham Hotspur confirmed on Sunday.

The 24-year-old was absent from Spurs’ 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday to remain just five points off the top of the Premier League in third.

“The England international midfielder was diagnosed with appendicitis after contacting our medical staff due to acute abdominal pain,” Spurs said in a statement.

“He received immediate treatment to assess and then remove the appendix.

“He will now undergo a period of recovery before commencing rehabilitation and it is expected he will return to training with the squad in January.”

Dier will miss Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final against north London rivals Arsenal, as well as Premier League meetings with Everton, Bournemouth, Wolves and Cardiff in the next fortnight.

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Vertonghen Signs New Tottenham Deal

Vertonghen Signs New Tottenham Deal  Tottenham defender, Jan Vertonghen, has signed a new deal that would keep him at white hart lane until 2019.

The Belgium International, joined from Ajax in July 2012 and immediately established himself as a vital part of their back four.

Vertonghen became the latest spurs player to commit his future to the club after striker, Harry Kane, signed fresh terms on Thursday.

Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, have also signed new deals since the start of the 2016/2017 season.