By Yusuf Mutiu
The FA has landed its hammer so hard on Eric Dier after the Tottenham star entered the crowd during a game in March.
The 26 years old has been handed a £40,000 fine and four-match ban which Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho will be livid with the decision.
Eric Dier jumped into the stands after the end of a match in an FA cup match against Norwich on the 4th of March.
It was believed that Dier spotted his brother in trouble up in the western stand and he climbed up to save his brother out of the situation.
The FA has refused to treat the case with such sympathy, and he will now miss matches against Bournemouth, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Leicester City, before returning for the final game against Crystal Palace.
Dier’s case was “non-standard” by the FA – at the more serious end of the spectrum – and an independent regulatory commission was called on to decide the Spurs player’s punishment.
An FA spokesman said: “Eric Dier has been suspended for four matches with immediate effect, fined £40,000 and warned as to his future conduct following a breach of FA Rule E3.
The Tottenham Hotspur FC player admitted that his actions at the conclusion of a fixture against Norwich City FC in The FA Cup on 04 March 2020 were improper but denied that they were also threatening.
An independent Regulatory Commission subsequently found Eric Dier’s actions to be threatening.
Mourinho who was more upset at the prospect of any ban said, “I forgot that one [about Dier]. I forgot that one because it was such a strong movement at the time from the football community and others supporting Eric Dier.”
“With every professional, being a coach, player, former player, every pundit was so supportive of him that the critics were not in existence.
The support was huge. People with great responsibilities in the game said they would do exactly as he did. It was proven there was no physical contact.
“The person didn’t feel at any moment that anything was going to happen. He’s trying to look and help his brother.
“If this story is still alive, it surprises me very, very much because we now, even with Marcus Rashford, have the proof that what is right is right.
“Sometimes, this is powerful in support of the right causes. I thought that this was with that case and it’s not that case I would be very disappointed with that.”
However, Eric Dier has been banned, and Jose is left with no option than to do without him for the next four matches.