Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier could face action from the FA after he climbed into the crowd to confront a supporter on Wednesday evening.
Spurs were knocked out of the FA Cup on penalties against Norwich City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with fans showing their frustration with the performance.
It is thought that Dier jumped into the crowd at full-time after a Tottenham fan insulted his younger brother, with video footage of the incident going viral.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho condemned the act in his post-match press conference, and former head coach Tim Sherwood has also weighed in with his views on the incident.
Given the severity of his reaction, and after claiming that Dier is ‘mild-mannered’, Sherwood feels that something serious must have been said.
“It surprised me because he’s a mild-mannered guy, Eric,” he told Sky Sports News.
“But something serious has gone on there. Something has triggered it – pushed the button. We’ve all got that button. Some are hotter than others.
“Unfortunately, if something is said out of turn, that you get upset with – and Jose said it himself; we need to be professional, bite our lip, not to go there – but sometimes it happens.
“I’m not going to sit here and criticise Eric Dier. Something serious has obviously gone on there for him to step into that crowd, walk up 10 chairs and confront the guy who he was very upset with.”
Tottenham will be hoping that Dier doesn’t face a ban, as Mourinho is already dealing with a lengthy injury list that includes some of his best players.
With a 1-0 deficit in the Champions League to overturn in their second leg away to Red Bull Leipzig, and their hopes of lifting the FA Cup now over, this season could become one to forget for Spurs.
Just five points separate Tottenham from the top four before any of the weekend’s fixtures have taken place, and if they are to close that gap they will need players like Dier to be available.