Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says Tottenham are unlikely to appeal the four-match ban handed to Eric Dier for confronting a fan at a match in March.
Dier was handed the suspension and fined £40,000 after being charged with misconduct by the FA for climbing into the stands to confront a fan following Tottenham’s FA Cup defeat to Norwich on March 4.
However, the FA has opted to punish Dier for a breach of rule E3.
The suspension rules Dier out of all but one of Tottenham’s remaining Premier League games this season but Mourinho says the club is unlikely to appeal the decision.
“I don’t think so honestly because if you appeal you have other risks and let’s at least start next season without a suspension,” said Mourinho, ahead of Thursday’s trip to Bournemouth – live on Sky Sports.
“We all know how it works with these FA decisions.
“You have access to the record of successful appeals and unsuccessful appeals, I don’t think we are going to appeal.”
Dier has played every minute of football for Tottenham since the Premier League restart and Mourinho says the player will continue to be an instrumental player for Spurs next season.
Speaking on Dier’s transformation move from midfield into central defence, Mourinho said: “We made a decision together.
“I told him immediately since my arrival ‘let’s go in a certain direction but I think you are not ready, so let’s try to go back to a certain level being a midfielder but always with an eye of transforming you as a centre-back’,
“I know he is doing very well, we look forward to next season where from the beginning I have no doubts he will be there as a centre-back.
“I believe he is going to be an important player for us.
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