Danny Mills claimed Tottenham star Eric Dier should receive retrospective action for climbing into the crowd to confront a fan despite his family being on the end of “horrific abuse”.
The former Leeds United full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested players have got to “suck it up” when it comes to abuse from fans.
The FA are investigating the altercation after videos on social media showed Dier climbing over seats to confront a member of the crowd in the aftermath of Spurs’ penalty defeat to Norwich in the FA Cup.
Despite the explosive incident, Jose Mourinho started the 26-year-old away at Burnley on Saturday. Dele Alli’s penalty cancelled out Chris Wood’s opener as the game finished 1-1 at Turf Moor.
When asked for his assessment of the events that unfolded on Wednesday night, Mills told Football Insider: “I have been abused and family have stood up for me. Your family is going to get abused. People are going to vent their feelings. I have had my wife and kids subject to horrific abuse at times but there is not a lot you can do really.
“You have just got to suck it up and get on with it. It is not right but that is what it is.
“Imagine if this happened every time there is an incident. Players leaving the pitch and going through the crowd – it is not good.
“Although it is understandable I think he will be reprimanded for it and he certainly cannot do it again.”
FULL-TIME: We leave Turf Moor with a point.
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Speaking to Sky Sports, Mourinho suggested the reaction from the versatile defender was due to a member of the player’s family receiving insults from a fan at full-time.
Dier has made 24 appearances for the Lilywhites this season with Mourinho now utilising the England international at the heart of a back three.
In other Tottenham news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider the player that could be set to succeed Hugo Lloris.