Eric Dier has broken his silence on the fan abuse that landed him in hot water with the FA.
Speaking for the first time since completing a four-match ban for the flashpoint that occurred in March at the end of a home FA Cup defeat to Norwich, the Tottenham star expressed genuine concern about the issue.
Not just with players being targeted on the pitch by foul-mouthed fans but also away from the game in wider society – via the online social media world.
Dier, found guilty of ‘threatening’ behaviour after climbing into the Tottenham stands to confront a supporter hurling obscenities towards a family member, said: “On the abuse, it’s a massive problem.
“It’s a massive problem in society in general because of social media, football stadiums, sports stadiums. It’s a huge problem that needs to be looked at much more seriously and there needs to be much more repercussions.
“I think it is being addressed but it needs to be addressed even more.
“I have no problem with anyone criticising my footballing ability at any time but when it’s anything more than that then there’s a big problem.”
Spurs boss Mourinho revealed last month the supporter involved had requested a private meeting with Dier to apologise for his behaviour.
According to the Portuguese coach, the pair patched up their differences and the reformed individual would be welcome at Tottenham again.
When asked about those reconciliatory talks at the club’s training ground, Dier refused to go into detail.
The Three Lions international, 26, added: “No, I can’t speak any more about this. There will be a time but not it’s not now.
“I’m not going to risk getting in any more trouble because my views on it are very strong.”
Dier, though, was considerably more forthcoming regarding his on-going renaissance with the North Londoners – as a solid, ball-playing central defender.
So content with life under Mourinho, and the support he received from the club throughout his disciplinary hearing with the FA, he recently agreed an improved four-year deal.
All proof Dier is convinced the Special One has lost none of his credentials to land silverware.
The ex-Sporting player, who arrived at Spurs in 2014, went on: “When I signed my new contract, people asked me: ‘But do you really think you can win trophies?’
“My answer is you don’t know if you’re going to win them or not. But one thing I do know is the manager is going into every competition trying to win them. That’s all you can ask.
“His history speaks for itself. Everywhere he has gone, he has won. And so that fills me with…