Eric Dier has revealed he has stopped his mum from travelling to away matches due to the ‘serious problems’ with fan behaviour.
The Tottenham star believes that football fans behaviour has deteriorated over recent years.
The 28-year-old infamously climbed into the stands following an FA Cup defeat to Norwich in March 2020 to confront a fan who had an altercation with his brother.
Dier was then handed a four-match ban and a £40,000 fine following the incident.
He also revealed further abuse aimed at his brother in the recent 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, from both Chelsea and Spurs supporters.
“I’ve never spoken about that situation in the press before because, to be honest, I wasn’t at all happy with the way it was handled,” he said of the incident where he entered the stands.
“I don’t know what I can say about it because I don’t know if I’ll get banned or fined again or whatever.
“It wasn’t too dramatic like people make it out to be. But I don’t regret it at all and I’d do it again – (for) my family, my teammates, anyone, a friend of mine. I consider myself to be extremely loyal.
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“(Fan behaviour) has definitely got worse. For me it is a serious problem. I had some family and friends at the Chelsea away game with Tottenham and they had problems and stuff.
“I wanted to emphasise it was both sets of fans – I am not saying it is Chelsea fans or Tottenham fans, it is football fans in general.”
Dier then revealed that his mum has not been to an away game for years because of his fears that something might happen.
“I never complain about this stuff and I don’t really mind. We played Burnley after I went in the stands for the next away game and the Burnley fans were singing a song about my brother and I like that kind of thing – I find it quite funny,” he added.
“I like that kind of humour, you know, if it is in the right way.
“But there are some things I find very strange. It is not nice. My family would never go to an away game nowadays because of it – and that’s a shame that I feel too uncomfortable for them to go to away games.
“This has been for years. My mum has not been to an away game. She would love to, but I would be worried about it – and that’s crazy, isn’t it?
“All of our families go through it. Every player’s parents have been watching them since they were kids and have gone through that kind of stuff.”