Eric Dier breaks silence over his “harsh” FA ban for climbing into stands

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Eric Dier has broken his silence to reveal his anger at being banned and fined by the FA for leaping into the stands to confronting a fan.

England star Dier was suspended for four matches and slapped with a £40,000 fine by a disciplinary hearing in July after he went into the stands to support his brother Patrick after a fan became abusive as Spurs lost to Norwich in an FA Cup penalty shoot-out in March.

Dier left the pitch and climbed into the stands to engage the fleeing fan while shocked fans looked on.

The Tottenham star felt his actions were justified to protect a family member but the FA-convened independent panel ruled the 26-year old defender was guilty of improper and threatening behaviour.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho slammed the commission for being clueless and out of touch with the game – and Dier has now admited he was far from happy with the ban and how the verdict was reached.

Eric Dier was hit with a four-game ban for climbing into the stands in March
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He said: “It was harsh. I have very strong views not just on the ban itself but the process that took place to get to that.

“If you were to compare the ban and the fine to other things, I think you’d find some strange outcomes.

“There is a time when I will talk about it when I’m retired or not playing in England any more."

Dier left the pitch and climbed into the stands to engage the fleeing fan while shocked fans looked on.

The Tottenham star felt his actions were justified to protect a family member who was under threat.

The Spurs star was rushing to confront a fan who was in altercation with Dier's brother
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But the hearing felt the 26-year old was found guilty of improper and threatening behaviour.

Despite the incident, Dier is missing fans in stadiums and is desperate for them to be back – especially for England’s Euro 2020 clash with the Scots at Wembley next June.

“Abuse from fans is something that is always going to exist. But I think the atmosphere in stadiums when fans get back will be incredible and it is something I catch myself thinking about and I can’t wait.

“I think there will be a little bit of a change in dynamic from our side and their side just to appreciate each other having gone through this very difficult time.

“We’ll be able to appreciate each other and how much we both need each other as well. I can’t wait for fans to be back in the stadium but I think unfortunately those types of things will always exist.

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Dier was led away by stewards but ultimately paid the price for his actions
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“We all know about the history between England and Scotland, it’s a fantastic game so I really hope there can be fans there to witness it.

“I was lucky enough to play in Scotland a few years ago and the atmosphere was one of the best I’ve played in and it would be great for the players and fans to experience it live as well.”

Dier could win his 50th cap against Scotland – if he plays in all the games leading to the finals but although that would be a dream he’s not looking that far ahead.

“Winning my 50th cap against Scotland would be amazing. But I always say in football things change almost on an hourly basis but it’d be a dream situation and a nice place for me to be.

“It’s difficult to look that far ahead because of everything we’ve got before that.

“But the preparation in all these England camps is to help us improve as a team and make sure the foundations are right when we get to the tournament and play these teams.”