Eric Dier has revealed that his closest family members no longer attend matches away due to the abuse they hear inside stadiums, which he feels is getting worse and is a “huge, big problem” for football.
The Tottenham centre-back, who is back in the England squad for the first time since March 2021 after defining the best form of his career, He became famous in the stands for confronting a hostile fan After his club’s defeat at home to Norwich in the FA Cup in March 2020.
Dyer, who was banned for four matches and fined £40,000, feared for the safety of his younger brother Patrick, who was involved in an altercation with the supporter. Dyer didn’t get to the fan, which turned and ran away when he saw him coming. On Tuesday, Dyer said he has no regrets and will do so again to protect a loved one.
Dyer is a reluctant speaker on a topic that has bothered him in particular for some time. Even at St George’s Park – ahead of Friday’s Nations League game in Italy and Wembley on Monday in the same competition against Germany – he tried to dismiss it as not overly dramatic. But he managed to get some things off his chest.
“It definitely got worse [since the incident in March 2020]Dyer said. “For me, it’s a serious problem. I had some family and friends in the Chelsea away game with Tottenham [at the start of this season] And they had problems. Not nice either. It is a huge and huge problem. It was verbal, not physical, but it’s, like, bad stuff. One incident occurred at the end of Tottenham away from home. I want to confirm that they were both fans. I’m not saying they’re Chelsea fans or Tottenham fans – they’re football fans in general.
“I never complain about these things and I don’t really mind. We played with Burnley after I went into the stands for the next game away and the Burnley fans were singing a song about my brother and I like that kind of thing. I find it so funny. I love that kind of humor… So… It was the right way. I love playing away and enjoying the atmosphere. It’s part of it.
“But there are some things I find very strange. It’s not pretty. My family would never go to the first leg nowadays because of that, and it’s unfortunate that I feel uncomfortable because they go. That’s been for years. My mom never went to the first leg. She liked it But I’d be worried about it, and that’s crazy, right? All of our families go through it. Every player’s parents have been watching them since they were kids and they’ve been through this kind of thing.”
Dyer reflected on the incident with the abusive fan after the Norwich Cup match. “I’ve never talked about this situation in the press before because, frankly, I wasn’t happy at all with the way it was handled. I don’t know what to say about it because I don’t know if I’ll be banned or fined again.
“It wasn’t very dramatic, like people portray it. But yeah, I don’t regret it at all and I would do it again.” [For] My family, colleagues, anyone, a friend of mine. I consider myself very loyal.”
Dier became the scapegoat for Spurs’ collapse under Jose Mourinho during the second half of the 2020-21 season, and a low point came when he missed the European Championship in the summer of 2021.
But Dier was reborn at Spurs under Antonio Conte, who took over as manager in November last year, and now Gareth Southgate is back as the star of his squad. England A team from the 2018 World Cup, which reached the semi-finals.
“I don’t want to look like a teacher’s pet but it is [Conte] He did so much for me—in every aspect,” Dyer said. “Since he arrived, I’ve never learned much before. He’s the godfather of that [three-at-the-back] system, so you are constantly evolving within that. Maybe it gave me back my faith a little bit too. I think I reached the best of my career, not only this season but last season as well. I’m getting better and I can get better.”
Dier, who won his last 45 caps against Iceland in November 2020, was asked about the possibility of turning a half-century. “You’d mean a lot to me. It’s something when I wasn’t on the team, it was on my mind that I was so close to it. It bothered me. I’d like to be able to reach that kind of milestone. I’ve seen they’ve got a plate now in reception.” the hotel [at St Georges’ Park] Out of all the people who made 50 and 100. It’s a dream to be able to make it happen.”