(Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier said fan behavior at football matches was a serious problem and he felt “very uncomfortable” for his family to attend away matches.
The Premier League said in June that it will introduce improved security measures to prevent misbehavior from the crowd, with clubs unanimously agreeing that visiting teams will provide additional stewards for away games.
Dier said some of his family and friends ran into trouble at Stamford Bridge during Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea in the league last month.
“For me (fan behavior) is a serious issue. I had some family and friends at Chelsea’s away game with Tottenham and they had problems and stuff,” Dier said.
“I wanted to emphasize that it was both fans – I’m not saying they’re Chelsea fans or Tottenham fans, they’re football fans in general.”
In 2020, Dier was suspended for four games and fined by the FA for a clash with a fan following Spurs’ defeat to Norwich City in the FA Cup. British media reported that the fan argued with his brother.
“We played Burnley after I went into the stands for the next away game and Burnley fans were singing a song about my brother and I like that sort of thing – I think it’s really funny,” Dier said.
“But there are some things that I find very strange. Is not cool. My family would never go to an away game these days because of that – and it’s a shame I feel very uncomfortable for them to go to an away game.”
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)