Noel Whelan has blasted the FA after they handed Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier a four-game ban for confronting a supporter earlier this season.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, branded the 26-year-old’s suspension “disgusting” and “a joke”.

The FA confirmed Dier had been handed a four-game ban and a £40,000 fine for his actions after the Lilywhites’ FA Cup defeat to Norwich City.

Dier entered the crowd after the full-time whistle after he saw his brother suffering abuse from a fellow supporter.

Whelan insists that he would have done exactly the same thing had he been in the Spurs man’s shoes and has slaughtered the punishment handed his way.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Harsh, disgusting is my opinion – he’s someone going up there to protect a family member.

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“Look, he shouldn’t have done it but I’d do the same thing, I think most people would do the same thing. To get a ban, look, it should be an internal fine or a fine from the FA but to ban a player for protecting somebody and walking them away.

“I don’t know who’s coming up with these decisions but they need to be fined and banned. It’s just a joke, the decisions and how they come up with the length of ban, it’s laughable, it’s like having the Chuckle Brothers up there making these decisions.

“It’s disgusting, I’m not surprised Jose Mourinho’s is angry, I think most people are angry, it’s disgusting.” 

Dier has been a mainstay for manager Jose Mourinho this season, having moved back into a centre-half position from midfield.

He was replaced by Jan Vertonghen for the first game of his ban as Spurs played out a 0-0 draw with Bournemouth.

In other Tottenham news, Hutton has been left stunned after two “world-class” players were left out the starting XI.

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