'Can't be tolerated' - Exclusive: Big Tottenham player update leaves ex-striker miffed

Noel Whelan admits he feels a little bit torn over Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier’s FA charge but insisted that climbing into the stands “can’t be tolerated”.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says the Spurs star did the right thing in protecting his family.

The FA confirmed on Thursday that the 26-year-old has been charged with improper and/or threatening behaviour after the Lilywhites’ FA Cup defeat to the Canaries.

Following the penalty shoot-out defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Dier was filmed climbing into the crowd to confront a supporter said to have been verbally abusing his brother.

Whelan believes everyone will sympathise with the midfielder’s decision but admits the FA have got to be seen to take action.

Whelan told Football Insider: “In my opinion family comes first at all stages of life. The safety of a family member, in this case his brother, I’d have done the same thing. 

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“I think the FA needed to do something, I’m sure they can sympathise with Eric Dier and I’m sure everyone does. If someone’s in trouble that’s a family member, you go straight in there to help out.

“He was protecting him as anybody would do but the FA need to show that that can’t be tolerated and it can’t be but he did the right thing in the situation. 

“He didn’t throw any punches, he shielded his brother away from danger. You can’t understand how would react if you’re not in that position and he was in that position.

“He did the right thing in my opinion but the FA need to show you can’t stroll into stands in that sort of manner. I think he’ll take it on the chin and move on from that.” 

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