“It is a huge problem. We MUST put an end to this abuse ‘: Angry Tottenham star Eric Dier says players are now suffering too much after his four-game ban for entering the public to defend his brother from another fan
- Eric Dier has strongly spoken out against the culture of abuse in football
- The Tottenham defender was banned from entering the stands for four games
- Wilfried Zaha, Jude Bellingham and Raheem Sterling are all targets
Eric Dier has spoken out about the culture of abuse that strikes footballers and their families after receiving a four-game FA ban for entering the crowd to defend his brother, who he says was being threatened by a fan.
For the first time since the ban, the Tottenham and England player said he would not risk talking about the FA’s action, as his views on the matter were “very strong.”
But to address the issue of widespread abuse of stadium and social media players, Dier, who agreed a new four-year deal with Spurs last week, said, “It’s a huge problem in society at large because of social media, football stadiums , sports stadiums in general.
Eric Dier has spoken out strongly against the culture of abuse that is widespread in football
“It is a huge problem that needs to be looked at much more seriously and there must be more consequences. I think it will be addressed, but it needs to be addressed even more.
“I have no problem with it if anyone criticizes my football skills, but if it is more than that, then there is a big problem.”
The Animal incident related to general abuse targeting his brother, but his words came in the wake of Wilfried Zaha and Jude Bellingham reporting horrific racist abuse on social media. In Zaha’s case, this resulted in the arrest of a 12-year-old boy.
Wilfried Zaha is one of many players who have suffered horrific racist abuse on social media
Jude Bellingham was also subjected to racist abuse on social media after his departure from Birmingham
It also follows an increase in racist incidents at games, including a Manchester City fan accused after the derby against United and a Chelsea fan banned for life last year after the club said he racist British star Raheem Sterling had abused.
Dier’s four-game penalty for responding to a supporter’s abuse after a FA Cup defeat in March against Norwich meant he missed Tottenham’s last four games, but he’s available for today’s trip to Crystal Palace.
When asked about the ban, Dier said, “I’m not going to risk getting into any more trouble, because my views on it are very strong.”
Dier was banned from entering the stands for four games to defend his threatened brother
The flash point occurred when Dier believed his younger brother Patrick was in danger from a Spurs fan after the club’s shock defeat. The supporter has since apologized, and manager Jose Mourinho says he will be welcome to the club when supporters return next season.
Dier’s intervention comes after Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said players are likely to speak more in the future after mobilizing to support the NHS during the corona virus pandemic and protest racism through the ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo to wear – and master for competitions.
Jordan Henderson was at the center of the #playerstogether movement to support the NHS
Henderson said, “I know footballers get stuck and maybe rightly so.
“But I think the vast majority of footballers in general are just people at the end of the day and they care and they just want to use their position to help change.”