Given ready for ‘huge’ game

first_img Given said: “It is huge. It’s a big week building up to it now as well. It’s one of the biggest games we will play in the whole qualifying campaign. “Of course, Poland are a great team, but we are at home and we have got to use that advantage and try to get the win. “It’s not must-win yet, but it’s must-not-lose, I suppose. We have all been here before in this situation the the qualifying campaign. We know how important it is. “It is a huge game, of course, and ideally you want to win your home games and take some points on the road as well.” After victories over Georgia and Gibraltar, the Republic returned from Germany with a creditable 1-1 draw, only to succumb to Shaun Maloney’s strike at Celtic Park in their final qualifier of 2014. Their next two games in the group see them entertain the Poles and the Scots in Dublin and only a healthy return will see them maintain pace with the pace-setters. Martin O’Neill’s men are locked together with the Germans and the Scots on seven points, three behind Poland. Striker Daryl Murphy is refusing to look any further ahead than Sunday’s showdown at the Aviva. Press Association Veteran keeper Shay Given is hoping the Republic of Ireland can blow Euro 2016 qualifying Group D wide open by getting the better of surprise leaders Poland on Sunday. He said: “I think there’s still a lot to play for. This game now coming, we need to get a result. Especially at home, we want to put in a good performance and come out with something after the game. “I wouldn’t look too far beyond that, just look to the game on Sunday and see what we can do.” O’Neill and his players met up at their Portmarnock base on Sunday evening and got to work at nearby Gannon Park in Malahide on Monday morning. Skipper Robbie Keane was due to arrive later from the Los Angeles Galaxy, as were Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, in the squad for the first time, and Stoke striker Jon Walters, who played 12 minutes as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace wearing a protective mask over his fractured cheekbone. Everton duo James McCarthy and Darron Gibson and Burnley defender Stephen Ward were among those who sat out training but O’Neill was not unduly concerned. He said: “It’s not surprising really for James as Everton have played four games in the last 10 or 11 days, Seamus Coleman too. Darron Gibson has a bit of a groin problem – he played yesterday. “Stephen has just had a little bit of difficulty. He’s had an injury which he is coming back from and he’s getting looked at this evening, with the club’s permission, and we might have to do something about that. He’s hoping maybe two or three days on that he’s okay. “Jon is coming in and he’s pretty upbeat. He’s got a mask and played for the last few minutes in the Stoke game and did well to put himself forward for the game, and there is this week. I think he is feeling fine and will be in later today.” O’Neill will not be rushed in selecting his team for a huge game, and 38-year-old Given is determined to use this week to edge himself ahead of regular number one David Forde to claim his 128th senior international cap. He said: “The goalkeepers in general, David and [Keiren] Westwood and [Darren] Randolph as well, we are all a tight team together and whoever he picks, we will support them. “You do wish them well but at the same time, your personal pride and professionalism, you want to play in the game and because it’s such a huge game as well, I would love to play on Sunday. “But I don’t pick the team, I have just got to work hard in training. I have been playing well at Aston Villa when given the chance, and hopefully I might get the nod on Sunday. But if not, I’ll support whoever he picks.” Ireland entertain the unbeaten Poles at the Aviva Stadium desperate to bounce back from November’s 1-0 defeat in Scotland, their first reverse of the campaign to date. With world champions Germany still favourites to finish top of the pile despite a less than auspicious start, the race for the second automatic qualification spot is well and truly on. last_img read more

Nankivil, Leuer react to test against OU big men

first_imgKeaton Nankivil impressed Wednesday against Oakland at the Kohl Center.[/media-credit]When they hosted Oakland Wednesday night at the Kohl Center, the Wisconsin Badgers faced a formidable opponent down low for the first time in the 2009-10 season.After beating up on a smaller, undermanned Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne squad, forwards Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil finally had to pick on someone their own size, Golden Grizzlies center Keith Benson and forward Will Hudson.Benson, a 6-foot-11-inch, 221-pound redshirt junior, and Hudson, a 6-foot-9-inch, 233-pound junior, still did not match up the UW duo.“Benson never got a look; he had to fight and scratch for everything he got in there,” Oakland head coach Greg Kampe said. “Hudson had the ball in there four or five times when it looked like, in our league, he would get a basket, but he didn’t get it here.”Benson and Hudson finished with 12 and two points, respectively, while grabbing nine and three rebounds in the game in 28 minutes apiece.The biggest problem for Benson, though, may have been staying on the court, rather than the play of Wisconsin’s forwards.Oakland’s big man was called for his third foul of the game with 6:37 remaining when UW guard Trevon Hughes drove to the basket and drew the call. According to Hughes, it had less to do with Benson’s situation and a lot more to do with what they saw on film.“I didn’t know he had two fouls on him … it was just pump faking,” Hughes said. “From the scouting report we know that he likes to leave his feet and block shots. It was just a smart play at the time.”With Benson out, Wisconsin managed to extend its lead from nine points at the time to 16 points just two minutes later with a 7-0 run before the Golden Grizzlies cut it back to 11 at the half.Despite being limited to only 28 minutes in the game, Benson impressed UW head coach Bo Ryan, who was happy to get the Detroit native on the bench whenever possible.“He’s a game changer, he’s a very good player,” Ryan said. “He’s good, he knows how to post, he’s got a good touch (and) getting him in foul trouble was key. … You maybe can’t pinpoint just one thing, but that was a factor.”Wisconsin’s bigs, on the other hand, had impressive games, even when going against the biggest team they’ve faced this season.Leuer, a 6-foot-10-inch forward, finished third on the team with 12 points Wednesday night on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor. He also grabbed three rebounds and three steals while blocking a pair of shots.Nankivil, a 6-foot-8 forward, tallied 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting and 1-of-4 from beyond the arc to finish second on the team. The Madison native also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, two steals and four blocks.According to Ryan, Nankivil is trying to figure out where he fits in the Badgers’ game plan.“He’s trying to keep finding his niche,” Ryan said. “Obviously he’s better this year than he was last year. He’s more active, and we need him to be because Benson and Hudson as a combo — those guys in the Summit League better get ready for those two — I thought our bigs did a very good job on them.”For Nankivil, some of the success may have been due to familiarity with the opponent.Hudson, like Nankivil, is a Madison native; the two faced each other at least twice a year during their high school years when Nankivil attended Madison Memorial and Hudson was at Middleton High School.“I just told him good luck on the rest of the season,” Nankivil said. “It’s good to see people like that, especially being from Madison and seeing people from Madison do well in basketball. … We don’t talk a ton, but it’s nice to play him and see somebody that you know and play against them.”Fortunately for Hudson, he isn’t likely to face too many teams the rest of the season with a pair of forwards over 6 feet 8 inches.Bruesewitz sees first game actionNear the end of Wednesday’s game, freshman forward Mike Bruesewitz answered the question everyone was wondering about: Will he redshirt?The answer was ‘no,’ as the native of St. Paul, Minn., came off the bench and played two minutes in Wisconsin’s 58-42 victory over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. There was not much said about the decision, though.“He had said something to coach Gard, [who] said it to me, and not a lot of conversation,” Ryan said of Bruesewitz. “But there’s no way in the world I was taking him [to Maui] without at least getting on the floor and seeing what it’s like to exchange the towel, report to the table, get in the game.“With three days in a row, you never know how many guys you’re going to use.”last_img read more

Caribbean facing knee-buckling $10 billion Irma bill

first_imgTab expected to riseHe said the Caribbean’s tab was sure to rise as the mega-hurricane pounded the Bahamas on its path toward Florida, but it had already surpassed the costs – excluding the United States and Mexico – inflicted by Hurricanes Ike in 2008 and Hugo in 1989 (the equivalent of US$9.4 billion each in 2017).The estimated hardest hit by Irma was Dutch St Maarten ($2.5 billion) and the US Virgin Islands ($2.45 billion), followed by French Saint Martin ($1.55 billion) and the British Virgin Islands ($1.4 billion).No estimate was provided for Barbuda, where one person was killed. Prime Minister Gaston Browne had declared the island practically uninhabitable.The US territory of Puerto Rico was not hit head-on by the storm, but was projected to sustain US$790 million in damage, the CEDIM reported.The US$10 billion bill also excludes the more densely populated Dominican Republic and Haiti, which followed later on a destructive path, and for which CEDIM said the tally was likely to be high.The total bill for loss and damage could hit US$120 billion once the United States is included, according to data modeling firm Enki Research. A dozen island nations and territories affectedCompiled by the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) in Germany, the estimate covered a dozen island nations and territories hit by last Friday, along with projections for the Turks and Caicos, which was in the hurricane’s path at that time.“This will likely be a $10 billion loss across the Caribbean – a huge loss,” James Daniell, the senior risk engineer at CEDIM, and head of its Forensic Disaster Analysis Group said. Irma the costliest storm everHurricane Irma damages in the CaribbeanThe hurricane ravaged section of the Caribbean may have to cough up $10 billion-plus for the repair bill from Hurricane Irma.Even as Hurricane Irma continued its trek across the Caribbean, disaster risk experts in Germany reported that it had already caused more than US$10 billion in damage. This makes it the costliest storm ever to hit the Caribbean region.last_img read more

How to make Jamaican Oxtail & Beans

first_imgThere’s a hot spot in Kingston, Jamaica called Lorna’s Catering that is usally swarmed with people during lunch hours. Lorna’s is known far and wide for super-tasty traditional Jamaican food that doesn’t make you feel heavy and bogged down. The prices are also exceptionally reasonable.The couple behind the takeout joint, Lorna and Franklin O’Neill, returned to Jamaica from Florida in 2010 after the real estate market in the US came crashing down. Their life savings and many investments disappeared along with the plummeting economy. For them, Lorna’s was a new start. They were forced to rebuild their finances from the ground up.Nearly a decade later, the restaurant, though relatively humble and unassuming, has made its mark in Jamaica as one of the best places to eat across the island. It has been featured by US-based media including the Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel and VICE, as well as top media outlets in Jamaica. They’ve also won several Jamaica Observer Food Awards.If you can’t get your hands on a Lorna’s meal because you live outside of Jamaica, the small business offers a free cookbook on its website, which includes recipes for its most popular dishes.Below is their Oxtail recipe.LORNA’S CATERING OXTAIL RECIPEOXTAIL TIPSUse soya sauce to brown your Oxtail and add some punch to the flavor as well.Broad Beans are a MUST for a really scrumptious Oxtail. Don’t leave them out!The key to a good Oxtail is to find the balance between creating a stew-like consistency and having chunks of meat on the bone, that are still able slip off easily. If you’re Jamaican, you know what we mean. If not, we’re sorry we can’t explain any better.Either way, perfecting this takes some practice. Basically, you’re aiming to not have all the meat and beans totally mashed out, but yet you still do want it somewhat mashed out to create that stew-like consistency we’re talking about. Watch your pot carefully, and you’ll get it, we promise.INGREDIENTS3lbs Oxtail1 1/2tsp Salt1tsp Black pepper3 Tbsp curry powder2 Cloves garlic2 Tbsp Cooking oil2 Medium onions, sliced1 tsp Dried thyme (or 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves)1 Tbsp hot pepper sauce2 Tbsp Tomato ketchup1 tsp Wocester sauce3 cups Water1 Can (190z) Lima beans (also called butter beans), drain and set aside liquidINSTRUCTIONS1. Season oxtail with salt, black pepper, 2 Tbsp curry powder and garlic2. Place sliced onions on top, cover and place in refrigerator overnight or for at least for 2 hours before cooking3. While heating oil in heavy saucepan remove onions from top of meat4. Add oxtail to the sauce pan and sear to seal in juice5. Add 1 cup of water, thyme and onion. stir. Stir in hot pepper sauce, tomato ketchup and worcestershire sauce; cook for 5 minutes.6. Add 1 Tbsp curry powder; stir. Add 2 cups of water (enough water to just cover meat); cover and simmer until meat is tender (2 to 2 1/2 hours). TIP: The meat should be so tender it’s falling off the bone7. Add lima beans (with half their liquid) to the cooked meat and stir8. Raise heat and bring to a rapid boil until gravy thickens, stirring at intervals so that no sticking or burning occurs. Remove from heat.Serve with steamed Jamaican rice and peas, and a mixed green salad.last_img read more

Essien confirms Ghana return to coach Stevanovic

first_imgGhana midfielder supremo Michael Essien has told coach Goran Stevanovic he will return to the Black Stars for next month’s crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo.The Chelsea star player told the Serbian coach of his return to the team on Thursday during a telephone conversation.This means he will be available for the friendly against England three days after the game in Brazzaville.Essien took a temporary break from international duties last year but did state his exact return date, sparking fears of a decision to retire permanently from the team.The softly approach of the Serbian manager is yielding the desired results as the Chelsea star spoke with the new coach on Thursday to assure him of his commitment to his country.“I spoke with Michael Essien few moments ago and he has confirmed that he will return to the squad for our next game,” Stevanovic told Ghanasoccernet.com on Thursday. “This is good news for all of us because for a long time we have not had all of our players because of injuries and a combination of other factors.“Essien is a key player for Ghana and I am delighted that, like all the other players of the Black Stars he wants to play and help his country.“If we deploy all our best players we should be able to improve on our recent good results and performances.“We need everybody on board to make the Black Stars better and to help our aim of winning titles. Essien’s decision is important for Ghana and it shows he is a patriot.”Despite the confirmation by Essien, Stevanovic will travel to meet the Chelsea star next week. The Serbian manager will also meet Asamoah Gyan and the other Ghanaian players he has not seen so far.The new coach held a similar meeting with Sulley Muntari in Milan last month which paved the way for the ex-Inter star to return to the national team fold after a silent suspension over disciplinary problems.His recall to the Black Stars sparked confidence in the midfielder who subsequently excelled in the 4-1 friendly win over Togo last week.Kevin Prince Boateng also held a meeting with the coach in Milan.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more

Canelo Alvarez is living his best life, calling his own shots as boxing’s current cash king

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Canelo-Rocky plus more than 100 fight nights a yearWhile DAZN, Golden Boy, and Matchroom executives discuss his historical contract and upcoming fight #CanelovsFielding, @Canelo is happily distracted with making faces and interacting with his daughter in the crowd. pic.twitter.com/dJx3z6FsfV— Karisa Maxwell (@KarisaMaxwell) October 17, 2018She may be the only one capable of knocking out the 28-year-old these days, as the proud dad and champion is truly living his best life.He’s thoroughly enjoying fatherhood.He successfully walked down Gennady Golovkin in their heated rematch last month en route to a unanimous victory over his rival, exorcising his detractors who wondered if he could defeat “GGG” clean.He’s still the pride and joy of his native Mexico.He’s arguably the best boxer in the game right now.And he just signed a mammoth five-year, 11-fight deal with DAZN worth a reported $365 million — the biggest athlete deal in sports history, surpassing MLB slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s 13-year, $325 million contract in 2014.So, yes, life is good for Canelo Alvarez. Real good.MORE: Canelo talks rematch with Floyd Mayweather, ‘GGG’ trilogy”I’m very happy. It fills me with a lot of pride to be one of the only Mexican fighters and one of the best-paid athletes, who is a Mexican,” a humble Alvarez told Sporting News, as translated from Spanish to English, after the conclusion of his press conference. “More than anything, though, I’m happy that I could give great fights to fans.”Those “great fights” begin with Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) moving up from a 160-pound middleweight champion to 168 to vie for Fielding’s WBA world super middleweight title.When asked why he didn’t wait for the winner of the Oct. 27 Danny Jacobs-Sergiy Derevyanchenko fight — especially considering that the former guaranteed that he would knock Alvarez out — Canelo’s eyes widened for a moment, but he was largely unbothered.”You know, I fought the best fighter at 160 pounds and now I’m moving up for this title,” Alvarez said, referring to his war with Golovkin and taking on the challenge of moving up to face Fielding. “I want to join a small list of the 10 Mexicans to win world titles in three divisions and that’s why we made this choice.”If he defeats Fielding — as expected — who’s to say Alvarez can’t go back down to 160 and thoroughly wipe out the slate, whether that includes Jacobs, a Jermall Charlo (once he comes off his suspension) and “GGG,” who Canelo spoke with DAZN earlier about facing in a possible trilogy.Or maybe one of those DAZN fights is a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr., who represents the sole loss on Alvarez’s record. Canelo also told DAZN’s Ak and Barak about striking the one thorn in his side — that stinging September 2013 defeat to Mayweather.Canelo can strategize with his advisors at Golden Boy and unfurl those plans later.Right now, it’s preparing to face Fielding at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15.”It’s very important for me to finish this year off strong,” he told SN.That being said, although Fielding is honored that the current cash king of boxing chose him as an opponent, he vows to not be a happy-just-to-be-there doormat dazed by all the bright lights less than two months from now. He’s going to fight boxing’s bull to the best of his ability.”I’m coming in as the champion … I want to leave as the champion,” the 31-year-old Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) told SN. “I’m definitely coming here to put it on Canelo and win.”If Alvarez’s hand is raised in his 51st victory — one that would have him adding more hardware — what a way it will be to punctuate his grand 2018. MORE: Watch Canelo-Rocky on Dec. 15 for free on DAZNFrom there, he’ll make his next move and rest assured it will be as crisp and clean as his DAZN contract.”Look, I just want the best fights,” he said. “There are many people who I could have great fights with, but I just want the best fights.” NEW YORK — With a playful grin on his face, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez repeatedly waved hello to his infant daughter and gestured for her to join him on stage during his press conference Wednesday to announce his Dec. 15 fight against Rocky Fielding.With each attempt, Alvarez’s adorable little princess just gazed up at him and occasionally let out a coo that turned the unified middleweight champion to mush before all to see at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.last_img read more

Wheat Festival photo gallery: Picnic in the Park

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Picnic in the Park was held Wednesday at Sellers Park. We will have Wheat Festival results as they become available. In the meantime enjoy the pictures. The full photo gallery by Amber Schmitz and Tracy McCue can be found here. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Shelly · 214 weeks ago Would nice to see the lip sync back at picnic in the park. Report Reply 0 replies · active 214 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

NFL Draft 2020: Bengals unlikely to trade No. 1 pick, says coach Zac Taylor

first_imgAll signs point to the Cincinnati Bengals keeping the top overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft and selecting LSU quarterback Joe Burrow on April 23.  While the team has yet to announce its plans, coach Zac Taylor’s interview Monday on the “Dan Patrick Show” reinforced the view that the team is not looking to trade down, despite reports last week suggesting the Miami Dolphins were looking to move up. “He’s got a great edge to him, I think that’s the best way to put it,” Taylor said of Burrow. “You can talk about confidence and all that stuff to quarterbacks, but he’s one of those guys that put in the work, so he’s got the confidence in his abilities because there’s not a lot of unknown out there for him.”We’ve gotten to know him. We’ve gotten to know a lot of the guys during this conversation over the last couple of weeks. We really maxed out that time talking to him. We feel comfortable with all those guys there at the top.” Andy Dalton is still under contract with the Bengals but has previously made it clear that he wants no part of a full rebuild and was upset that the team would not trade him to a contender midway through last season. Taylor said that “all options are on the table” in regard to Dalton’s future with the team. “It doesn’t look that way,” Taylor said when asked if he could see a scenario where the Bengals traded down. “If there is a guy there that you believe in that can really change the franchise over the next 10 to 15 years, then that’s a hard thing to pass up on,” he added.NFL MOCK DRAFT: SN projects trades in new look at first round”You know, people all the time ask me what would it take to give up that pick,” Taylor said. “If there’s somebody there that people are willing to give up a lot for, that they believe in, then that just really verifies what we think about those players as well.” Taylor did not reveal who the Bengals were targeting at No. 1, but he did seem to indicate that the franchise has mostly made up its mind with just over a week remaining in the scouting process.  “I think we’re really comfortable with the direction we’re headed,” Taylor said. “I’m not quite ready to make any major announcements yet, but we’ve done our homework here the last three or four months, kind of vetted all these guys out.”.@Joe_MainMixon went to college with the last two picks.He has the chance to play in the pros with the next… pic.twitter.com/9IO2wNcFKw— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) April 10, 2020Ever since last season went south for the Bengals, Cincinnati has been linked to Burrow, an Ohio native who was a backup for two seasons at Ohio State before transferring. His 2019 campaign at LSU is one of the best college seasons ever — he threw 60 touchdown passes in winning the Heisman Trophy and leading the Tigers to a national title.MORE: The seven safest picks in the 2020 NFL DraftThe NFL has restricted teams’ access to prospects because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but the Bengals have maximized their allowable time talking with Burrow: three one-hour phone calls per week.  last_img read more

Clear Lake School District residents to vote on Wellness Center on March 3rd

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake city and school leaders are ready to move forward with a bond issue vote in March for a new community wellness center. City and school officials have been exploring the concept of working jointly to construct the center on the south side of the high school gymnasium. Concepts for the center include additional gym space, a meeting space for seniors, space for exercise classes and an indoor swimming pool. Superintendent Doug Gee says the school district is ready to move forward with the project and bond issue vote.  “What we’ve kind of decided to move forward with is the city is not necessarily in a position or ready to bond, which they would need to do. We’re going to do this in more of a phase-type approach, where the school’s going to do the initial phase and do things that the school would definitely need, like the walking-running type track, gym space, activity space. If you look at their participation level of our kids and the ability to get into a space,it is definitely needed.” Gee says while the city won’t be part of the bond issue, the school district will formulate an intergovernmental agreement to have the city run the facility so the community could still have access to the facility. The Clear Lake School Board reviewed Gee’s proposal at their meeting last week, with Gee receiving positive responses to the proposal.  “You know I showed them the numbers, and really what it amounts to is the school district in a financial position where we could bond for about $17-18 million dollars and it not doing anything to affect our tax rate. That’s what we’re looking to do, and not all of that would be the facility. We are also looking at doing some upgrades to the Lions Field area and also the softball field, some classroom things we want to do, and we also have some safety things that we want to address.” Over 740 people recently responded to a community survey about the proposed project, with 72-percent saying they’d use such as wellness facility.last_img read more

Fan’s extraordinary account of Dier row says ‘he was like Incredible Hulk’

first_imgA TOTTENHAM fan who witnessed Eric Dier’s extraordinary row with a supporter claimed the England star “completely lost it” and was “like the Incredible Hulk.”The defender, 26, leapt over advertising hoardings and raced into the West Stand after Spurs lost to Norwich on penalties in the FA Cup.2 Eric Dier was backed by fans after his confrontation with a supporterCredit: Rex Features2 The England star leapt over seats and raced up the stands to protect his brotherCredit: TwitterHe could be heard shouting “he’s my brother” as he was restrained by supporters and stewards.It is believed the fan and Dier’s younger sibling got into a heated exchange and the Three Lions ace jumped into the stands to protect him.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursWhite Hart Lane regular Neil was nearby and watched the entire bust-up unfold.He admitted he felt sorry for the England international and told talkSPORT: “We saw the whole Eric Dier incident right in front of us.“There were two guys who were fighting after the match, they were in the crowd pushing and trying to fight, and, I don’t know, but it looked like it could have been his brother – that’s what Mourinho said.“But then Eric Dier lost the plot, and the next thing you know he is bounding up the stairs. There must have been about 20 fans trying to hold him back, he was like the Incredible Hulk.“It was really sad to see actually, he lost the plot, lost it, and I feel sorry for him. He actually had a good game, as well.“There was a Spurs fan who had obviously done something or said something, that’s who Eric Dier was after.“A Spurs fan then put his hands up and tried to get out of the ground and Dier just went after him and was going bananas.“As I said, I felt sorry for him. He lost it, completely lost it.“There were people holding him back, there were phones in his face, we’ve got videos, it’s all over social media.“He’s in big trouble now.”Eric Dier lost the plot, there must have been about 20 fans trying to hold him back, he was like the Incredible HulkDier is likely to face a misconduct charge for leaving the pitch area.He could face a small ban and potentially a fine.But the FA could be lenient towards him due to the circumstances surrounding his family and thanks to their strong anti-abuse stance.Eric, one of six children in the Dier clan, has two younger brothers, Edward and Patrick.They have three sisters Daisy, Steffi and Francesca.And it is believed to be Patrick that was involved in the bust-up and then invited into the dressing room after the clash.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesSpurs have already identified the fan and launched an investigation while a Metropolitan Police statement read: “Police are aware of an incident following the conclusion of the Tottenham v Norwich match on Wednesday, 4 March where a player entered the crowd. No complaints or allegations have been received at this time.”It is not clear what sparked the row and if the supporter involved is a Tottenham fan, but the club are NOT expected to take any action against Dier.The altercation took place just minutes after Jose Mourinho’s side crashed out of the fifth round against the Premier League’s bottom side on penalties.The Portuguese manager later condemned Dier’s actions in his press conference.He said: “I don’t think that belongs to the game. The game was a fantastic representation of the FA Cup, but I cannot run away from the question.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic”I think Eric Dier did what we as professionals cannot do but when someone insults you and your family is involved, especially your younger brother.”Mourinho added: “This person insulted Eric, the younger brother was not happy with the situation and Eric was not happy. We as professionals cannot do what he did.”If the club discipline Eric Dier I would not agree with it, but what he did was wrong.”Jose Mourinho reacts to Eric Dier incident saying he was helping his younger brother during altercationlast_img read more