Jose Mourinho has chosen not to react this afternoon after news broke that his first-team central defender, Eric Dier, would be suspended for four domestic games.
Dier was handed the four-match ban and a fine of £40,000 after he jumped over the advertising boards and climbed up endless rows of seats to confront a fan (BBC).
This came after Tottenham were knocked out of the FA Cup by Norwich City on penalties back in March, with there being four months between the incident and punishment.
The FA deemed that Dier’s actions were threatening, despite the fact that the player himself argued to the contrary.
The statement from the FA read (BBC): ‘The Tottenham player admitted that his actions at the conclusion of a fixture against Norwich City in the FA Cup were improper but denied that they were also threatening. An independent regulatory commission subsequently found Eric Dier’s actions to be threatening.’
It was revealed after the incident that Dier had in fact been attempting to climb up to his brother in the crowd to ensure that he was kept out of harm’s way.
As such, Dier argued in his hearing that he did not deserve a ban for merely trying to protect a member of his family.
Here is what Jose Mourinho had to say in his pre-match press conference today (Charlie Eccleshare): “No reaction. I prefer no reaction. I’m not going to answer. If I answer I’m going to be in trouble and I don’t want to be, so I have no comments on that.”
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