Mour­inho slams ‘clue­less’ rule-mak­ers af­ter Dier ban

Four-game sus­pen­sion and £40k fine for England de­fender Spurs man­ager crit­i­cises the FA’s ‘pow­er­ful peo­ple’ in charge

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Matt Law

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur man­ager Jose Mour­inho has ac­cused “pow­er­ful peo­ple” of “not hav­ing a clue about the world” af­ter his de­fender, Eric Dier, was hit with a four-match ban by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion for climb­ing into the stands to con­front a spec­ta­tor. The fan had been ar­gu­ing with Dier’s youngest brother, Pa­trick, at the end of Spurs’ FA Cup de­feat by Norwich at the start of March.

Jose Mour­inho has ac­cused foot­ball’s “pow­er­ful peo­ple” of be­ing clue­less, af­ter the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion hit Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s Eric Dier with a four-game ban.

Dier has been pun­ished for jump­ing into the stands to con­front a Spurs sup­porter at the end of his club’s FA Cup de­feat by Norwich City at the start of March. The de­fender was also fined £40,000.

The England player was charged af­ter he en­tered the stands to of­fer pro­tec­tion to his youngest brother, Pa­trick, who had be­come em­broiled in an ar­gu­ment with a fan.

In the writ­ten rea­sons for Dier’s pun­ish­ment, which was an­nounced yes­ter­day, it was re­vealed that the sup­porter had called the player a “w-----” and a “f------ c---”.

Mour­inho, the Tot­ten­ham head coach, did not name the FA when asked whether play­ers re­ceived enough pro­tec­tion in­side sta­di­ums, but he said: “My feel­ing is that in the ma­jor­ity of the cases, foot­ball is not pro­tected by the peo­ple that are pow­er­ful and don’t be­long to this world. That’s sim­ply my feel­ing.

“Pow­er­ful peo­ple that don’t be­long to the tribe and they don’t have the feel­ings. They don’t have the know-how and it’s very, very dif­fi­cult to lead some­thing when you don’t have a clue about the world that you are lead­ing.

“We play the foot­ball that we love, the foot­ball that some peo­ple with big re­spon­si­bil­i­ties some­times don’t look like they love, but we love foot­ball.

“I don’t want to speak about Eric Dier now be­cause in the end I’m go­ing to open my heart and that’s some­thing that I do not want to do.”

While Mour­inho was clearly up­set with the de­ci­sion that rules Dier out of tonight’s trip to Bournemout­h and key games against Ar­se­nal, New­cas­tle United and Le­ices­ter City, he showed a for­giv­ing side to­wards the player’s abuser.

Dier was only spared a five-game ban thanks to the in­ter­ven­tion of Gareth South­gate, the England man­ager, but Mour­inho said the sup­porter who in­sti­gated the clash would be wel­come back at Tot­ten­ham when fans can re­turn. “I want fans back as soon as pos­si­ble,” Mour­inho said. “Of course we pre­fer fans to sup­port, of course we pre­fer fans to re­act, but the beauty of foot­ball is the fans. I want them back. Even that spe­cific fan, es­pe­cially be­cause the fan had the op­por­tu­nity to meet the player, had the op­por­tu­nity to apol­o­gise to the player, had the op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand that we are very well paid, but we are not ro­bots.

“We have fam­i­lies and friends that sup­port us in the sta­di­ums. So I think it was a good op­por­tu­nity for that fan to turn his pro­file and be­come a dif­fer­ent fan.”

Asked to con­firm that Dier had met his abuser, who ad­mit­ted to po­lice that he was “be­ing an id­iot” and had not felt threat­ened by the player, Mour­inho said: “It was his own de­ci­sion to do it, be­cause the per­son in this case, first of all, is a Tot­ten­ham fan and he was sorry about what hap­pened.

“The way I was told, he had the dig­nity to want to apol­o­gise. It was a nice thing that, in nor­mal cir­cum­stances, es­pe­cially af­ter say­ing that he never felt un­der threat at any mo­ment of the sit­u­a­tion, would be enough for a fair de­ci­sion.”

Crowd con­trol: Tot­ten­ham’s Eric Dier climbs into a stand in March to con­front a fan (top right)

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