Fans back Eric Dier for confronting fan who was abusing his brother during Tottenham defeat to Norwich – The Sun03/05/2020
FANS have backed Eric Dier after the Tottenham man confronted a fan who was allegedly abusing his brother.
The defender, 26, leapt over advertising hoardings and climbed 20 rows of seats to hunt down the supporter.
He could be heard shouting "he's my brother" as he was restrained by supporters and stewards.
It is believed the fan and Dier's younger brother got into a heated exchange and the Three Lions star jumped into the stands to protect his sibling after the FA Cup penalty shootout exit to Norwich.
But supporters on social media believed Dier was right to support his sibling.
@kyalMason1 said: "He shouldn’t get any punishment, the fan should be arrested, fined £5,000 and banned from every football stadium."
@ffsDH_70 added: "Fair play to him for sticking up for his family."
@jw_hcafc wrote: "Eric Dier what a bloke. Big respect."
@Charming_85 commented: "I don't care how it looks, IF you was truly backing your brother. You have my utmost respect!"
@BossNo1Sam1 typed: "Go on Eric Dier. Full respect! It doesn't matter what your profession is, u stand up for what's right and you stand up for your family."
And @Matt_Hayden1 tweeted: "Eric Dier showing that professional footballers are human and not scripted robots that they’re expected to be… fair play to him going and sticking up for his brother. Think anyone would do the same."
Eric, one of six children in the Dier clan, has two younger brothers, Edward and Patrick, but it is unclear which of the two were involved in the bust-up.
But it is understood that his brother was invited into the dressing room after the clash and Spurs have already identified the fan and launched an investigation.
The FA are now investigating the incident.
They will speak to Spurs stewards and fans nearby for their observations.
Dier is likely to face a misconduct charge for leaving the pitch area.
He is likely to be charged and will face a small ban and potentially a fine.
But the FA could be lenient towards him due to the circumstances surrounding his family and thanks to their strong anti-abuse stance.
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