Details revealed from Dier charge – Fan statement, Gareth Southgate, and potential appeal

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur fans found out this afternoon that Eric Dier would be banned for four matches after entering the stands against Norwich back in March.

The Spurs defender was also handed a £40,000 fine as he jumped the advertising boards and climbed up several rows of seats to confront a fan (BBC).

Journalist Jonathan Veal has now revealed greater details regarding the FA charge against Dier.

The spectator confronted by Dier claimed in his statement that he did not feel threatened by the Tottenham man, and that he himself was ‘an idiot’ for his comments and actions.

The FA panel rejected Dier’s claims that he was only there to protect his brother as footage showed that he initially went towards the spectator rather than his sibling.

England manager Gareth Southgate provided a character reference for the player.

The case was delayed for four months as the police had not released the spectator’s statement.

Dier accepted a misconduct charge but rejected threatening behaviour, thus asking for a non-sporting action charge.

The FA initially suggested a six-match ban, but the panel decided to reduce it to four.

Dier does have the ability to appeal the decision.

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