Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho refuses to comment on Eric Dier’s four-match ban

Jose Mourinho on the sidelines during a Tottenham game
Mourinho did not want Dier punished (Picture: Getty)

Jose Mourinho has refused to comment on the FA’s decision to ban Eric Dier for four games following a confrontation with a fan.

Dier jumped into the crowd and made a beeline for a Tottenham supporter after a game in March before he was escorted away by stewards.

The midfielder was also hit with a £40,000 fine and will miss Tottenham’s clash against north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday.

Mourinho had previously said he did not expect any suspension for Dier after Matteo Guendouzi’s outburst against Brighton’s Neal Maupay went unpunished.

Asked if he felt the ban was too harsh in his press conference on Wednesday, Mourinho refused to answer.

‘No reaction, I prefer no reaction. I’m not going to answer if I answer I’m going to be in trouble,’ he replied.

‘I’m not going to answer. If I answer I am going to be in trouble and I don’t want to be, so I have no comments about that.’ 

‘I don’t think so if you appeal you have other risks,’ Mourinho added.

‘At least let’s start next season without a suspension. We all know how it works at these FA decisions.’

Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi grabbed Brighton striker Maupay by the throat after a game last month, with TV cameras picking up the incident.

The FA opted against taking retrospective action due to VAR reviewing the incident during the game, but the Frenchman has since been dropped by Mikel Arteta for disciplinary reasons.

Mourinho admitted he shouldn’t have compared Guendouzi with Dier.

‘I spoke about both situations a few weeks ago,’ the Spurs coach said.

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Dier confronted a fan after a game in March (Picture: REX)

‘I spoke about Guendouzi and probably I shouldn’t because he is not my player and probably I have no right to comment about others. 

‘In relation to Eric, I spoke enough two months ago when the situation happened.

‘And also a couple of weeks ago when one of you asked me about the situation.’

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