FA & Tottenham open investigations into post-Norwich Eric Dier incident – Standard

Tottenham out of FA Cup

Tottenham look set to go another season without silverware, after crashing out of the FA Cup on Wednesday evening.

Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side played host to relegation-battling Norwich in a 5th round tie.

Things started off pretty positively for the Lilywhites, with Jan Vertonghen towering above the Norwich backline to head Tottenham into the lead with just 13 minutes gone.

The Canaries would grow into the tie, though, and eventually equalised with 12 minutes of normal time remaining.

The scoreline remained level after 90 minutes and extra time, meaning we got our first penalty shoot-out of this season’s competition, which Norwich emerged victorious from.

Highlights: Tottenham 1-Norwich 1

FA & Spurs investigating Dier incident

Whilst Tottenham bowing out of the FA Cup to a struggling Norwich side is certainly a talking point, the most interesting event of the night took place post-match.

Videos began to do the rounds on Twitter showing Spurs’ Eric Dier climbing over the barriers and into the crowd.

In his post-Norwich press conference, Mourinho addressed the incident, and seemed to suggest that Dier got into the crowd because somebody insulted his younger brother:

“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.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

The Evening Standard have since reported that both Tottenham and the FA have opened investigations into Eric Dier’s altercation with a supporter post-Norwich.

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