Dier was pictured and filmed arguing with supporters in the home end : Credit: Rex Features
The incident came just minutes after Tottenham crashed out of the FA Cup on penalties : Credit: Rex Features (s) ource revealed the fan had been shouting abuse in the direction of Dier, while his brother, who was seated nearby, tried to calm the man down.
It is believed the pair got into a heated exchange and the Three Lions star jumped into the stands to protect his sibling.
Numerous videos showed Dier leaving the pitch and then climbing ROWS to make his way towards a section of supporters inside the stadium.
It is thought to be the area where the players’ friends and family have their tickets.
The England international clambered over rows of seats and waded past supporters – most of whom scattered to let him pass.
But then as he got closer to the incident, Dier could be heard shouting “he’s my brother” as he was restrained by supporters and stewards.
If the club discipline Eric Dier I would not agree with it, but what he did was wrong
Footage appeared to show a man goad the defender with offensive gestures as Dier heads towards him, before the fan exits the stadium.
The player was then ushered out through a door at the back of the stand.
It is not clear what sparked the row and if the supporter involved is a Spurs fan.
The FA are now investigating the incident.
They will speak to Spurs stewards and fans nearby for their observations.
Dier is likely to face a misconduct charge for leaving the pitch area.
He is likely to be charged and will face a small ban and potentially a fine.
But the FA could be lenient towards him due to the circumstances surrounding his family and thanks to their strong anti-abuse stance.
Eric, one of six children in the Dier clan, has two younger brothers, Edward and Patrick, but it is unclear which of the two were involved in the bust-up.
But it is understood that his brother was invited into the dressing room after the clash and Spurs have already identified the fan and launched an investigation.
It is not clear what sparked the row and if the supporter involved is a Tottenham fan, but the club are NOT expected to take any action against Dier.
The altercation took place just minutes after Jose Mourinho’s side crashed out of the fifth round against the Premier League’s bottom side on penalties.
The Portuguese manager later condemned Dier’s actions in his press conference.
He said: “I don’t think that belongs to the game. The game was a fantastic representation of the FA Cup, but I cannot run away from the question.
“I think Eric Dier did what we as professionals cannot do but when someone insults you and your family is involved, especially your younger brother.”
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