ERIC DIER has banned his mother from going to games over fears the abuse is getting worse.
The defender, who is in England’s squad for Nations League games against Italy and Germany, revealed that friends and other family members were abused in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea last month.
Dier, 28, was banned for four games and fined £40,000 for jumping into the crowd to confront a fan who abused his brother in March 2020.
When asked about the behavior of the fans, Dier said: “It has definitely gotten worse. It’s a huge, huge problem. There are some things that I find very strange. It’s not nice.
“My mother has never been to an away game. She’d love to do it, but I’d be worried – and that’s crazy, isn’t it? All of our families go through this.
“Every player’s parents have been watching them since they were kids and going through stuff like that.”
Although mother Louise was not at Stamford Bridge on August 14, other members of Dier’s family were.
He added: “I had some family and friends at the Chelsea away game and they had issues and stuff. Not nice ones either. It was verbal, not physical, but sort of bad stuff.
“An incident happened in Tottenham’s away game. I say it’s football fans in general – but I also want to emphasize that it was both sets of fans.”
Dier, who is hoping for his 46th cap against Italy in Milan on Friday, is visibly upset about his FA suspension in 2020.
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He claimed he left the field and climbed over rows of seats to protect his brother Patrick, who was involved in an argument.
Dier said: “I don’t know what to say about that because I don’t know if I’ll be banned again or fined or whatever.
“But I have no regrets at all and would do it again. For my family, teammates, everyone, a friend of mine. I consider myself extremely loyal.”
Meanwhile, Dier is determined to get on the Wall of Fame in St. George’s Park.
The Tottenham defender has been rewarded with a place in Gareth Southgate’s latest squad after his strong performances in defense of Antonio Conte.
Dier last played in a 4-0 win over Iceland in November 2020. He was called up but not selected by Southgate in March 2021 for three games.
And now he’s hoping to appear on the wall at the Hilton Hotel at the SGP, which started in April 2019 and features all England representatives from the men’s seniors to the futsal team, who have both won 50 and 100 caps.
When asked what it would mean to reach half a century, Dier said: “Yes, it would mean a lot. When I wasn’t in the squad, I thought about how close I was. That annoyed me.
“I would love to be able to reach a milestone like that. I saw that they now have a board at the hotel reception with all the people who made 50 and 100. It’s a dream to be able to achieve that.
“I know I don’t seem happy, but I’m very happy to be back. I’m very proud to be making it back, I just don’t like to dramatize it too much.
“I’ve reached the best level of my career, not only this season but also last season. I think I’m getting better – and I think I can get better.”
One of the stars of England’s 2018 World Cup campaign in Russia, Dier struggled under Jose Mourinho in the 2020/21 season and was heartbroken when he missed Euro 2020 last summer.
Still, he’s in his element under Conte, who has helped Spurs be much stronger at the back.
Dier said: “It was my most difficult season when I missed the European Championship. I think there were many reasons the light was shining the way it was.
“It wasn’t as bad as some people like to make it out to be in terms of my performances. It was good for me in a way. I learned a lot from it.
“I don’t want to sound like a teacher’s pet, but he (Conte) has done a lot for me. I learned so much, different things tactically. He is the godfather of this system.
“He gave me a little bit of my faith back, too.”
On England’s games he added: “They couldn’t be better, away against Italy and at home against Germany. I’m just really excited. Those are the games I want to play.”
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