Eric Dier has been banned for four games after jumping into the crowd to confront a fan back on March 4.
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The Tottenham and England defender was angry after their loss to Norwich City in the FA Cup and jumped into the stands and argued with one supporter in particular, as Dier’s brother was reportedly being targeted by Tottenham fans.
Dier, 26, was charged with misconduct, handed a four-game ban and fined $50,000.
The ban means that he will miss Tottenham’s next four Premier League games and be available for the final game of the season on July 26 at Crystal Palace. Dier has played every minute at center back since project restart began and Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the Englishman playing in defense.
Here is the statement in full from the FA:
“Eric Dier has been suspended for four matches with immediate effect, fined £40,000 and warned as to his future conduct following a breach of FA Rule E3. The Tottenham Hotspur FC player admitted that his actions at the conclusion of a fixture against Norwich City FC in The FA Cup on 04 March 2020 were improper but denied that they were also threatening. An independent Regulatory Commission subsequently found Eric Dier’s actions to be threatening and its written reasons for the decision and sanction can be accessed below.”
Jose Mourinho has previously been critical of the FA charging Dier for the incident and ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Bournemouth on Thursday (start time, 1pm ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) he’s said that the north London club are unlikely to appeal Dier’s ban.
“I don’t think so honestly because if you appeal you have other risks and let’s at least start next season without a suspension,” Mourinho said. “We all know how it works with these FA decisions. You have access to the record of successful appeals and unsuccessful appeals… I don’t think we are going to appeal.”
It now appears that Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld will be Tottenham’s center back partners for the rest of the season, with Japhet Tanganga just returning from injury and Jan Vertonghen around as back up.