Jose Mourinho condemns Eric Dier for confronting fan but understands frustration

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho condemned Eric Dier following his altercation with a supporter in the stands after Spurs' FA Cup exit to Norwich, but understands why he did it.

In the aftermath of the penalty shootout defeat to the Canaries, Dier climbed into the lower tier of the West Stand and confronted a fan, who is alleged to have been arguing with his brother.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur is seen speaking to Tottenham Hotspur fans in the stands following his teams defeat in the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 04, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier has an altercation with a fan in the stands after the game Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 04-03-2020 . (Photo by Tess Derry/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur is seen speaking to Tottenham Hotspur fans in the stands following his teams defeat in the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 04, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier has an altercation with a fan in the stands after the game Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 04-03-2020 . (Photo by Tess Derry/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)
Norwich City's Marco Stiepermann (centre) reacts to winning the tie
Norwich City players celebrate winning the tie
Norwich City's Adam Idah (left) and Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul celebrate winning the tie on penalites
Norwich City manager Daniel Farke celebrates after the FA Cup fifth round match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Tim Krul of Norwich City celebrates winning the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 4, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul makes the winning save in the penalty shoot-out during the FA Cup fifth round match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: The water bottle of Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul inscribed with the Tottenham penalty takers and a prediction of which way they will shoot during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 4, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Eric Dier of Tottenham consoles Gedson Fernandes after they lose on penalties during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 4, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Gedson Fernandes of Tottenham Hotspur is consoled by teammate Harry Winks after missing a penalty in the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 04, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
Norwich City's Todd Cantwelll (left) and Grant Hanley (right) celebrate after the FA Cup fifth round match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Players of Norwich City celebrate after winning the penalty shootout in the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 04, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Troy Parrott of Tottenham Hotspur is consoled by teammate Jan Vertonghen after the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 04, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul celebrates after making the winning save in the penalty shoot-out after the FA Cup fifth round match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen (right) celebrates scoring his side�s first goal with team-mate Oliver Skipp
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Norwich City fans celebrate after penalty shootout win during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 4, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Norwich City fans celebrate after penalty shootout win during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 4, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Todd Cantwell of Norwich City scores a goal from penalty spot during penalty shootout after the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 4, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Tottenham Hotspur's Troy Parrott after missing his penalty in the shoot-out during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 4, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Tim Krul of Norwich City during penalty shootout during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 4, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Norwich City's Josip Drmic celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the FA Cup fifth round match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Tim Krul, Emi Buemdia, Max Aarons, Grant Hanley, Jamal Lewis and Marco Stiepermann of Norwich City celebrate after winning during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 4, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm mishandles the ball sending it back towards the post during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 4, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
A Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City FA Cup scarf
Fans outside the ground before the FA Cup fifth round match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
Norwich City fans look at scarves before the match
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Footage has gone viral on social media and England international Dier is set to come under investigation from the Football Association.

Mourinho said: "I think Eric Dier did something that we professionals cannot do but in these circumstances every one of us would do.

"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 professionals 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.

"This person insulted Eric, his family was there. The young brother was not happy with the situation and then Eric, I repeat (he) did what we professionals cannot do, but did something that probably we would do."

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