How Dier lost the plot: The inside story on why the Spurs star saw red

How Eric Dier lost the plot: The inside story on why the Tottenham star saw red after seeing his younger brother in a melee with a heckling fan before a dressing room summit where Spurs demanded answers

  • Eric Dier went into the crowd to confront a Tottenham fan on Wednesday night
  • The Spurs midfielder reacted angrily to a comment and went to confront the fan
  • Stadium security had to restrain the Spurs star as he made his way into the stand
  • It appeared that Dier chose to go into the crowd to defend his younger brother
  • Tottenham, the Metropolitan Police and the FA are all investigating incident 
  • Do you know the fan Eric Dier confronted? Email [email protected]

Eric Dier’s moment of madness in vaulting into the stands was sparked after he spotted his brother, Patrick, in a melee with a Tottenham fan who was trying to get the player’s attention from the stands, it can be revealed.

Dier, 26, shocked supporters as he leaped up the rows of the West Stand after Spurs’ penalty shootout defeat by Norwich in the FA Cup. 

And after Spurs staff dragged Dier away, he and his brother moved down to the dressing room where club chiefs tried to get to the bottom of what had occurred moments after the final whistle.  

Eric Dier climbed into the crowd to angrily confront a Tottenham fan after a defeat to Norwich

Dier is seen pointing at the fan before trying to make his way towards him after the game

Dier (circled on the right) appears to want to confront the man in question (circled to his left) but is restrained by his brother and other fans

The fan involved at the centre of the incident was videoed running away from Dier

Dier initially ignored the gestures and abuse he received from the home stands following Tottenham’s latest defeat. 

The Tottenham utility man was heading for the tunnel when he saw the fan in question shouting abuse in his direction. 

However, Dier only decided to get involved when he saw his younger brother involved in a melee after taking a second glance so headed for the supporter by leaping into the stands. 

Dier was able to fish out the fan dressed in a black and orange coat because he knew he was sat close to his family. 

The 26-year-old, who was born in Cheltenham before moving to Portugal at the age of seven, wanted to protect his younger brother so made a charge for the man. 

Dier bypassed stewards, who were looking the other way, to confront the supporter who has now been identified. 

The Tottenham midfielder was left incensed with one fan and he went to go and confront him

Social media saw a photo emerge of Dier climbing over rows of empty seats to get to the fan

Dier (right) poses for a family meal with his brother Patrick (left) sitting opposite him

Dier (centre) was also joined by his brother Patrick (far left) on a holiday in the summer of 2018

Dier’s younger brother Patrick (right) who was in the stands rather than his other brother Edward (centre)


Police are aware of an incident following the conclusion of the Tottenham v Norwich match on Wednesday, 4 March where a player entered the crowd. No complaints or allegations have been received at this time. 

Sportsmail understands the abuse aimed at Dier was ‘horrendous’. His choice of words may have sparked a reaction from Patrick Dier which started a brief melee. 

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho does not want his club to punish Dier but a formal investigation has been opened. 

CCTV footage is being scanned and fans sitting close to the incident are being questioned. 

Tottenham, the Metropolitan Police and the Football Association have all opened investigations following Wednesday night’s altercation at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Dier has five siblings – including Patrick and their other brother Edward. They have three sisters Daisy, Steffi and Francesca. 

He lived with his parents and siblings in the Algarve before moving to Lisbon to play for Portuguese side Sporting. 

Dier spent a year on loan at Everton during the 2011-12 season before moving back to Lisbon. 

Tottenham brought him back to England for £4million in the summer of 2014 and he has gone on to make 231 appearances for the north London club. 

Dier has also been a regular in the England squad with the defensive midfielder winning 40 caps since his senior debut in 2015.  

Stadium security looked to diffuse the situation in the lower west stand at the end of the game

Dier was held back by club security as he looked to get to the fan that had left him incensed

Dier’s manager, Jose Mourinho, said he would not agree if the player was punished by the club

Tim Krul was the hero of the shootout for Norwich after he saved two Tottenham penalties

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