Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has urged the club not to punish Eric Dier after the player was spotted confronting a fan following Spurs’ loss to Norwich in the FA Cup.
Spurs were dumped from the FA Cup following a penalty shootout loss after they failed to edge Norwich after 120 minutes of football.
Fans of the London side were furious with their side after the game, with some fans verbally abusing the players as they walked into the dressing room.
Dier who was one of the solid performers for the team on the night wasn't left out of the attacks and he was one of the two players who converted their spot-kicks.
The England international was captured climbing into the stands after the game to confront a fan who had been insulting him and his family.
Manager, Jose Mourinho, confirmed the incident, stating that he would speak with his club not to punish the 24-year-old even though he did what a professional shouldn't do.
"I think Eric Dier did something that we professionals cannot do but in these circumstances, every one of us would do," Mourinho told the media after the game.
"Because when somebody insults you and your family is there and you get involved with the person that is insulting you, in this case, a younger brother, I think Eric did what we professional cannot do.
"But I repeat, probably everyone of us would do. I repeat, we professionals we cannot do, but I repeat I am with the player and I understand the player.
"The people that are in these privileged positions by the tunnel. Of course, some are Tottenham fans but I think a lot of corporate, a lot of invitation, a lot of people with special status and probably it's the place of the stadium where I sometimes have doubts over if they are the real Tottenham fans because these [real fans] are the ones who support the boys until the last.
"This person insulted Eric, his family was there. The young brother was not happy with the situation and then Eric, I repeat did what we professionals cannot do, but did something that probably we would do."
Several reports online claim the player never actually reached the fan in question and instead went to take his brother (who had been involved with the fan) out when he could get to him.
There are no current footages showing any physical brawl but the fact that there was some form of melee would mostly see the FA take action against the player.
This isn't the first time a player is confronting a fan in the stands, with both Eric Cantona and Jake Livermore having been involved with fans in the past.