Eric Dier was given a four-match ban and fined £40,000 forto the stands to face a fan after the FA Cup exit from Tottenham to Norwich.
The Football AssociationEngland International on a charge of misconduct for the incident that occurred on March 4.
The punishment will rule Dier out this season for all but one of Spurs’ remaining Premier League games.
In their pursuit of European football next season, Dier’s absence will be a blow to Spurs as he has been an impressive central defense performer since the season restarted last month.
So, it is sure to enrage boss Jose Mourinho, who has defended his player from off on the matter.
He said recently that he did not expect any punishment from Dier after the FA chose not to sanction Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi for grabbing Brighton striker Neal Maupay around his neck.
Dier, whose team had just lost a penalty shootout, saw a fan abusing his brother and racing to his aid.
There was no physical exchange and after a brief investigation, the Metropolitan Police didn’t pursue the matter. However, the FA has opted to punish Dier for a breach of rule E3.
It said in a statement: “Eric Dier was suspended with immediate effect for four matches, fined £40,000 and warned about his future conduct following a violation of FA Rule E3.
“The Tottenham Hotspur FC player admitted that his actions in the FA Cup on March 4, 2020, at the conclusion of a fixture against Norwich City FC, were improper but denied that they were also threatening.
“An independent Regulatory Commission subsequently found Eric Dier’s actions to be threatening.”