8 craziest player-fan clashes after Dier’s rage including Carragher and Neymar

Eric Dier hit the headlines when he scaled the stands at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to confront a fan after his side were dumped out of the FA Cup against Norwich.

England international Dier had to be restrained by stewards in front of shocked fans as he now faces investigations by the FA and his club over his conduct.

Jose Mourinho claimed after the game the incident involved his brother and admitted he "did something we professionals cannot do".

But Dier is not the only player to lose his cool with supporters – here's a list of eight incidents where players and fans have clashed.

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1) Kung-Fu Cantona

Where better to start than Dier's fellow Eric?

There is no more famous incident between player and fan than Eric Cantona's remarkable kung-fu kick aimed at Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons.

The moment shocked the world of football as Cantona flew over the barriers at Selhurst Park and attacked the fan in retaliation at abuse.

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He wound up with an eight-month ban from the FA and a criminal charge of assault.

Nobody could accuse the eccentric Frenchman of being half-hearted when he took matters into his own hands…

2) El Hadj Diouf's spitting

From the violent to the disgusting, Senegalese striker El Hadj Diouf had a nasty habit when it came to dealing with abuse from supporters.

Whilst at Liverpool, he was accused of spitting at West Ham fans as a substitute at Anfield, although no evidence was found.

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In 2003, however, he was proven to have spat at a Celtic fan during a televised UEFA Cup quarter-final, receiving a two-match ban and a charge of assault.

In November 2004, he was at it again, being charged by police for spitting at an 11-year-old Middlesbrough fan whilst on loan at Bolton.

3) Patrice Evra kicks out

Is it something about eccentric Frenchman who have played for Manchester United?

Like Eric Cantona before him, Patrice Evra opted for the kick in response to fans who had some unkind words.

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After joining Marseille in 2017, his career with the club came to an abrupt end having reportedly been "ridiculed" by one of his own fans in the warm-up before a Europa League match.

He ran to the stand and was sent off for kicking the fan, leading to a seven-month UEFA ban and his contract being terminated.

4) Neymar's angry shove

Nobody likes losing – especially not Neymar.

After losing the Coupe de France final last season to Rennes, Neymar showed his frustration as he climbed the steps to collect his runners-up medal.

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He was shown shoving a fan and appearing to smack them in the face after having a smartphone shoved in his direction by a fan insulting him.

He was widely criticised but escaped any further punishment for the incident.

5) Jamie Carragher's coin throwing

Jamie Carragher could not help but retaliate when a coin was thrown in his direction during Liverpool's 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal back in 2002.

He was targeted with a coin having been on the receiving end of a Dennis Bergkamp tackle which saw the Arsenal man sent off.

The response? Throwing the coin back where it came from amongst the Highbury faithful.

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He was also dismissed and issued an instant apology, saying: "I regret what happened at Highbury because I let the club, the fans, my team-mates and myself down.

"No matter what the physical or verbal provocation, I shouldn't have reacted like that I would like to apologise for any offence caused.

"I was frustrated and did it without thinking in the heat of the moment. Anyone who has seen me play regularly will realise it was completely out of character but I'm not going to make excuses.

"I was wrong and as a professional football player I should have known better. It's a mistake I won't make again."

6) Alan Smith bottles it

A coin, Jamie? Alan Smith raises you a bottle.

That was the object fired in the direction of opposing player Chris Eagles during a game with Manchester United at Elland Road.

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Smith promptly threw the plastic object back in disgust at the behaviour of his own fans, finding himself arrested by West Yorkshire Police as a result.

He instantly apologised in case he "offended any Leeds fans" and criminal charges were dropped, but he still landed a three-game FA ban and was sent home from England's squad for a friendly.

7) Craig Bellamy's slap

Tensions run high in the Manchester derby – especially if you're as fiery as Craig Bellamy.

The passionate Welshman was nowhere near an incident which saw a fan run onto the pitch at Old Trafford during his time at Manchester City.

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Despite the culprit being quickly floored and detained by stewards, Bellamy approached with some angry words, slapping him in the face and ushering him away.

He was probed but it was the pitch invader handed a ban, and revealed Bellamy had shouted: “Get off the f***ing pitch you f***ing k*******" before the slap.

8) Ronaldo's encounter with pitch invader

Cristiano Ronaldo was far from amused when confronted by a pitch invader during Juventus' 1-0 defeat to Lyon in the Champions League just last week.

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The fan managed to evade security and made a beeline for Ronaldo, who responded by shoving him away and wagging his finger.

It is not the first time he's had to deal with pitch invaders desperate to get close to him, but after a below-par performance you can't blame him for having none of it.

Still, it was hardly as extreme as some of the other cases we've mentioned in this list.

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