Eric Dier: Tottenham defender says he feels ‘too uncomfortable’ for family to go to away games


Dier confronted a fan in the stands after Tottenham’s FA Cup defeat at Norwich in March 2020.

Eric Dier has said he feels “too uncomfortable” for his family to go to away games and believes fan behavior in football is a “serious problem”.

He also revealed that the abuse was aimed at his brother Spurs drew 2-2 with Chelsea At Stamford Bridge last month.

“[Fan behaviour] It’s definitely gotten worse,” Dier said.

“It’s a big problem for me. I had some family and friends away from Chelsea with Tottenham and they had problems and stuff.

“I wanted to emphasize that it was both sets of fans – I’m not saying it’s Chelsea fans or Tottenham fans, it’s football fans in general.”

Last season, the UK Football Police Unit said fan confusion was getting “worse”. and arrests at football matches in England’s five major leagues were at their highest levels for years.

There were also concerns about the security of the pitches after a series of pitch invasions at the end of last season. Tougher measures were put in place to deal with fan behavior.

Dier, who was called up to the England squad for this month’s Nations League games, said he was able to laugh off the fans’ banter in 2020 after a stand-up supporter argued with his brother.

“When I went into the stands for the next away game we played Burnley and the Burnley fans were singing a song about my brother and I like stuff like that – I think it’s quite funny,” said Dier.

“But there are some things that I find very strange. It’s not nice. My family would never go to away games these days because of it, and it’s a shame that I feel too uncomfortable for them to go to away games.”

“This has been going on for years. My mom hasn’t been to an away game. She’d love it, but I’d be worried, and that’s crazy, right?”

Dier has returned to the England squad after making his last international appearance in November 2020 and believes he is playing at the “best level” of his career thanks to Tottenham boss Antonio Conte.

“I don’t want to be like a teacher’s pet, but him [Conte] he’s done a lot for me,” Dier said.

“I’ve learned a lot tactically. Obviously there’s a lot of emphasis with him and tactically I’ve learned a lot of different things.

“He’s the godfather of that system, so I feel like you’re constantly learning and evolving within that system with him, constantly adding new things.”

How to follow Tottenham on the BBC bannerFoot of Tottenham banner