Birmingham City fan jailed for assaulting Jack Grealish during Aston Villa match

Paul Mitchell is restrained after attacking Aston Villa's Jack Grealish on the pitch

Paul Mitchell is restrained after attacking Aston Villa's Jack Grealish on the pitch

Jack Grealish trained with his Aston Villa team-mates on Monday after being given £100 compensation from the fan who attacked him during Sunday's derby with Birmingham.

West Midlands Police later confirmed that Paul Mitchell, 27, had been charged with "invading the pitch and assaulting" Grealish.

Grealish showed no ill effects from the incident and went on to score the only goal in his side's 1-0 victory before leaping over the advertising hoarding to celebrate with the away supporters.

In all, four people were arrested on suspicion of assault or violent disorder during the fixture. It was unbelievable, in front of our fans and after what happened in the first half. It is the unfortunate reality for the club that, while there was no shortage of astonishment at the nature of the attack on Jack Grealish, there will be less surprise from the footballing world that a Birmingham fan was involved.

"This weekend a line has been crossed in terms of fan behaviour", said a spokesperson for the FA.

The PFA statement commended Tavernier's "calm handling" of the incident, and "welcomed" the words of Hibernian chief executive Leeann Dempster, who said "nothing is off the table" when it comes to sanctions against the guilty party.

"He obviously got taken away by the police, but these are the sort of things we're seeing in football".

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"What happened has no place in football or society".

Grealish had the last laugh when he scored to put Villa up 1-0, which ultimately was the game-winner.

Sure, he probably just had a few choice words for Smalling, and no real harm done, but there's no way that fans should be able to get so close to the players with such ease.

He has called on the Football Association to work with the government, police and stewards at the grounds to help stamp out such incidents. This Birmingham fan is a disgrace to football and should never be allowed to watch a match live again.

Aston Villa later released a statement which strongly condemned the incident.

"We trust the perpetrator will feel the full force of the law and the authorities investigate the circumstances surrounding today's deplorable incident".

Paul Mitchell, from Rubery, Worcestershire, hit Grealish from behind about 10 minutes into Sunday's game at St Andrew's.




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