Dier climbed 10 rows of seats before shouting "that's my brother, that's my brother" in the middle of the stadium's West Stand in a bit to protect his younger sibling. "He went in the crowd and the fan scarpered, no punches thrown, no real altercation as such", the close friend added.
Dier's brother was invited into the dressing room following the clash and the club are working to identify the fan - who ran off - that was singled out for abuse by Dier.
"When somebody insults you and your family is there, and your family gets involved with the person that is insulting you - in this case a younger brother - I think Eric did what we professionals can not do".
"I think Eric Dier did something we professionals can not do, but he did something that we would all do", Mourinho said at his post-game news conference.
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Oh no, he's not become a world class footballer (that's never going to happen), he's jumped into the stands and had an altercation with a Tottenham Hotspur fan.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho told reporters he didn't necessarily blame Dier for his actions. The young brother was not happy with the situation and then Eric, I repeat (he) did what we professionals can not do, but did something that probably we would do. I am with the player and I understand the player.
Dier was caught on video jogging down the sideline after Tottenham's penalty shootout loss and entering the stands to confront the fans.
The incident occurred in an area behind the dugouts which holds a corporate section.
"I don't think that belongs to the game".