Eric Dier charged by FA for confronting fan in stands

The England midfielder (left) consoles teammate Gedson Fernandes after shootout defeat to Norwich on March 4. (AP pic)

LONDON: Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has been charged by England’s Football Association for climbing into the stand to confront a supporter after Spurs’ FA Cup exit to Norwich.

The England international could face a lengthy suspension for climbing several rows to intervene after he saw his brother in an argument with a fan at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

“It is alleged that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s actions at the conclusion of the Emirates FA Cup fixture against Norwich City FC on March 4 were improper and/or threatening,” the FA said in a statement.

“Eric Dier has until May 8 to provide a response.”

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho was highly supportive of his player after the incident and said he hoped Dier would not be subject to a ban.

“I think Eric Dier did something that we professionals cannot do but in these circumstances, every one of us would do,” said Mourinho at the time.