Fan pleads guilty to punching Grealish

Tuesday, 12 Mar, 2019

27-year-old Paul Mitchell, from Worcestershire, ran onto the pitch during yesterday's derby match and aimed a punch at Villa player Jack Grealish.

"I was unaware [of the fan] at the time".

"Obviously there's rivalry and stuff in football but I don't think there's any place for that".

A stadium security official apprehended the intruder as several Villa players came to the defense of their teammate. Upon re-emerging for sentencing, Mitchell, in handcuffs, blew a kiss to his family and appeared to shrug his shoulders as he was led up to the dock alongside a prison officer to hear his punishment.

"The vast majority of people were well behaved but unfortunately the occasion has been marred by this". Grealish suffered no serious injury and remained in the game, scoring the match's only goal after being "shocked and scared" by the attack.

"I think it's definitely somewthing the FA, the Premier League, FIFA [have to address]".

"To score the victor was unbelievable". To score the victor was unbelievable, after what happened in the first half I think it was set up for it.

Birmingham fan Mitchell ran onto the turf in the 10th minute of the fixture, which Birmingham won 1 - 0 thanks to a goal from - you've guessed it - Jack Grealish.

Manchester United captain Ashley Young admits players are now concerned for their safety after a day of pitch invaders.

The Football Association says "a line has been crossed" after the weekend saw incidents of pitch invasions at Birmingham and Arsenal.

The court was told pub worker Mitchell was wrestled off the playing surface by stewards, allegedly telling police he thought Grealish "was a kn*b".

Stan moved from Celtic to Aston Villa where he linked up with former Celtic boss Martin O'Neill.

In Friday night's 1-1 draw between Rangers and Hibernian, Rangers captain James Tavernier found himself face to face with a Hibernian fan who had jumped out of the home support stand during a game on Friday night. Football needs to stamp this out quickly.

The English Football League (EFL) condemned the incident in a statement posted to its website.

Former Rovers ace and ex-Wales global David Cotterill says armed officers should be drafted in in the wake of yesterday's incident which saw Grealish struck in the face by a Birmingham City supporter.

The defence solicitor added: "This was totally out of character". It is right that they are investigated immediately and strong action is taken by the football authorities and clubs. We have seen an increase in such behaviour at clubs this season.