Jose Mourinho reacts to Eric Dier climbing into the stands after FA Cup loss

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were knocked out of the FA Cup on penalties last night, despite dominating the vast majority of the tie against Norwich City at home.

Jan Vertonghen opened the scoring against the Canaries with a brilliant back post header from a Giovani Lo Celso set piece.

However, Norwich levelled the scores with around 15 minutes to go when Michel Vorm palmed a fierce striker straight back out into the penalty area.

The match was forced to extra time, with Spurs creating numerous chances across the half an hour period without finding the breakthrough needed. Norwich then won on penalties after Lamela, Parrott, and Gedson all missed.

Despite this, what grabbed all the headlines after the game was Eric Dier’s decision to jump into the stands and climb up several rows of seats to seemingly confront a fan (BBC).

Jose Mourinho has now reacted to this and claimed that Dier’s brother, who had been watching the game in the stands, had been defending Eric from a barrage of abuse. Dier then decided to get involved and lead his brother away.

Mourinho said (Football London): “I don’t think that is the most important thing of the game, in fact, it does not belong to the game. I think the game was so fantastic I think. It was a real representation of what the FA Cup is and has to be that I would prefer to speak about the game. But I cannot run away from your question.

“I think Eric Dier did something that we professionals cannot do but in these circumstances, every one of us would do. Because when somebody insults you and your family is there and you get involved with the person that is insulting you, in this case, a younger brother, I think Eric did what we professional we cannot do.

“But I repeat, probably every one of us would do. I repeat, we professionals we cannot do, but I repeat I am with the player and I understand the player.”

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