Jose Mourinho has lashed out at those in power for being out of touch with the game after Spurs defender Eric Dier was hit with a four-match ban by the Football Association.
The Three Lions star was also fined £40,000 for climbing into the stands to confront an abusive fan after an FA Cup defeat to Norwich in March, in an altercation that involved Dier’s brother.
Dier’s behavior was subsequently ruled as ‘objectively threatening’ without any intention of protecting his brother. Spurs boss Jose Mourinho said:
“My feeling is that in the majority of the cases, football is not protected by the people that are powerful and doesn’t belong to this world.
“That’s simply my feeling. Powerful people – that doesn’t belong to the tribe. And they don’t have the feelings.
“They don’t have the know-how, and it’s very, very difficult to lead something when you don’t have a clue about the world that you are leading.”
The spectator who was involved in the altercation told the police in a statement that he behaved like an idiot and did not feel threatened. He also made this known to Dier at their meeting. Mourinho thought this would be enough for a fair decision.
The Portuguese manager went on to add that the fan would be allowed into the stadium once gates are open: “The fan had the opportunity to meet the player, had the opportunity to apologise to the player, had the opportunity to understand that we are very well paid but we are not robots.
“We are very well paid but we have families and friends that support us in the stadiums. So I think it was a good opportunity for that fan to turn his profile and become a different fan.
“It was his own decision to do it, because the person in this case, first of all, is a Tottenham fan and was sorry about what happened.
“The way I was told he had the dignity to want to apologise to him. It was a nice thing that, in normal circumstances, especially after saying that he never felt under threat at any moment of the situation, would be enough for a fair decision.”
Mourinho has defended Dier from the start and would not agree to any decision by the club to punish the player. The internal action that was to be taken was postponed until after the FA’s disciplinary process. Regardless, Mourinho has maintained his stand.
“An internal action is an internal action that I don’t think we need to share,” he said. “I have no comments about it.
“You know, even without me answering direct to the questions, I think you know my position in relation to what happened. I would prefer to say in relation to what didn’t happen.”