Eric Dier has banned his family from going to away games amid continuing abuse from fans.
In March 2020, the Tottenham defender waded into the stands after the home game against Norwich after seeing his brother Phil
being confronted by supporters – an act which ended up earning him a four-game suspension and a £40,000 fine.
And he highlighted recent treatment of his friends during Spurs’ visit to Stamford Bridge as vindication of his decision to keep his family away from recent away games. He said: "I had some friends at the Chelsea away game with Tottenham and they had problems and stuff.
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"Not nice ones either. It is a huge, huge problem. It was verbal, not physical, but like, bad stuff. One incident was in the Tottenham away end, so I am not saying it is Chelsea fans or Tottenham fans, it is football fans in general.
"But my family would never go to an away game nowadays because of it. My mum would love to, but I would be worried about it, and that’s crazy, isn’t it?
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"It has definitely got worse. For me it is a serious problem. I’ve never spoken about the incident with my brother in the press before, because I wasn’t at all happy with the way it was handled."
Dier is back in the England picture after an absence of almost two years and says he has Spurs boss Antonio Conte to thank. "He is the godfather of that system, so I feel like with him you’re constantly learning and evolving within that system, constantly adding new things," said Dier.
"Once we learn one thing we’re onto the next. I think probably he gave me my belief back a little bit as well. I don’t want to sound like a teacher’s pet, but in every way, he has done a lot for me – tactically, physically, mentally."
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