Eric Dier fan incident: Full story of what happened with brother and what happens next. [PHOTOS]
Tottenham Hotspur’s season took another bizarre turn on Wednesday night when Jose Mourinho’s men were dumped out of the FA Cup by Norwich City.
An up-and-down season for last year’s Champions League finalists has seen Spurs sack their manager, Mauricio Pochettino, bring in Mourinho despite his perceived Manchester United failures, and endure a topsy-turvy campaign in the Premier League.
And having lost ground in the battle for the top four with a weekend defeat at home by Wolves, they were determined to bounce back and book an FA Cup quarter-final spot.
Certainly things got off to the perfect start with Jan Vertoghen’s header handing the north London side an early lead. But an anxious display, coupled with Michel Vorm’s handling error, saw Norwich equalise through Josip Drmic and take the game to penalties.
Tim Krul would be the Canaries’ hero, with three Spurs players missing.
But it was in the aftermath of the shootout, while the visitors celebrated with 9000 travelling fans, and an incident involving Eric Dier that provided the game’s biggest talking point.
What happened immediately after the game?
As Norwich players celebrated, Spurs stars commiserated.
Gedson Fernandes, the Portuguese midfielder on loan from Benfica, had missed Spurs’ crucial fifth penalty and was in tears on the field.
Dier, who had scored Spurs’ first spot-kick, consoled Fernandes with a member of the side’s coaching staff and walked him off the field with the rest of their teammates.
As Tottenham players made their way down the tunnel, Dier peeled off away from the group.
Initially walking, he looked up into the stands, looking towards the first tier of the West Stand, where his family often sit in front of the hospitality boxes.
Suddenly Dier sped up and make a beeline into the crowd, before duly breaking into a jog and leaping over the advertising hoardings.
What happened with Dier in the crowd?
Dier leapt over the pitch perimeter fencing and clambered over several rows of seats towards the back of the stands, toward the exits heading back in the direction of the concourse.
Video footage showed an unhappy Dier leaving onlookers stunned, while one onlooker was recorded shouting: "Oh my god Dier, what the f*** are you doing Dier."
Dier was seen angrily shouting towards a man, and was at the end held back by security and two members of the public - one of whom was his younger brother, Patrick.
According to Mourinho, speaking post-game, before then there had been insults from the stands hurled in Dier's direction, and his brother "was not happy with the situation" and got involved.
At that point, the 40-cap England international had made his way into the stands, seemingly as an act to protect his sibling.
Dier was then seen yelling at the man, wearing a black jacket featuring an orange hood, beckoning him towards him as the verbals are yelled in his direction and taunts continue.
As Dier continues to move forwards, the man goads Dier futher, waves and shows his middle finger.
The man darts away and exits, and the England international is restrained by as many as 10 Spurs fans.
He is left stating "that's my brother" as he attempted to keep hold of his sibling who is being restrained by his brother and stewards.
A member of Spurs' coaching staff had followed Dier into the crowd and ultimately joined both Diers and security in heading back into the concourse area, before Dier would later return to the dressing room, where his brother was also invited.
What did Jose Mourinho say?
The Portuguese spoke in his post-match press conference about the incident, partially to react to the situation and to attempt to end social media speculation that Fernandes had been racially abused.
Mourinho defended Dier, urged his club not to discipline his player - Spurs are yet to comment - but also insisted that he "did something we professionals cannot do".
Mourinho said: “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 professionals 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.
“This person insulted Eric, his family was there. The young brother was not happy with the situation and then Eric, I repeat (he) did what we professionals cannot do, but did something that probably we would do.
“If the club does that (give disciplinary action) I will not agree, but he did wrong.”
What has Dier or Spurs said?
So far there has been nothing from Dier on social media - nor did he speak in the mixed zone post-game - while Spurs are yet to make a statement beyond that of their manager.
There have also been no complaints made to police.
So what next?
Dier will be asked for his version of events and is facing an FA charge after the altercation.
English football's governing body are looking into the events, and will initially wait on referee Paul Tierney's report to see if he witnessed what had happened.
They will speak to Spurs stewards and fans nearby for their observations
Spurs too have launched their own investigation and will conduct a thorough review of the incident. It is believed that they know who the perpetrator is, having already consulted CCTV footage.
Dier is almost certain to face a misconduct charge for leaving the pitch area, but that is unlikely to be all.
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