Birmingham vs. Villa marred by disgraceful scenes as fan punches Jack Grealish


Paul Mitchell, who punched Jack Grealish during Birmingham's clash with Aston Villa yesterday, has been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison.

Mitchell will surely be banned from all English football grounds for life, and there is further salt to be rubbed into those wounds.

In a statement read into the court record by prosecutor Jonathan Purser, Grealish said: 'I can not help but feel how lucky I was in this incident. "It could have been so much worse had the supporter had some sort of weapon".

Mitchell has been banned for life from Birmingham City Football Club where he had been a season ticket holder for 20 years.

Mitchell's lawyer, Vaughn Whistance, told the hearing that his client's family had to leave their home "through fear that they would suffer serious harm or even death" following online comments about the incident.

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BirminghamLive reports that the West Midlands Police have been alerted about the tweet as well, while many fans chose to give fitting replies themselves.

"He can not explain what came over himself yesterday morning", Mitchell's lawyer, Vaughn Whistance, said Monday.

The Football Association says "a line has been crossed" after the weekend saw incidents of pitch invasions at Birmingham and Arsenal. Gary Cooper appeared to be trying to join Arsenal players in celebrating a goal in the Premier League game on Sunday.

A pitch invader shoved Chris Smalling after running onto the pitch after the Gunners scored in the 2-0 win.

"It is absolutely disgusting and if we don't stamp it out now, next time it could be a knife", Shearer said in his column in The Sun.

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However, he left for more regular first-team football when Aitor Karanka signed him for Nottingham Forest in January 2018 for just £1 million and the move has paid off.

Meanwhile, former Aston Villa player Hendrie condemned the whole incident while speaking to Sky Sports.

Jack Grealish grabbed the victor in the second half but it would be the first half incident with a Birmingham fan getting onto the pitch and punching the player from behind that got the headlines. "We trust the perpetrator will feel the full force of the law and the authorities investigate the circumstances surrounding today's deplorable incident", read the club's statement on the event.

'In addition, we have written to both Birmingham City and Arsenal to seek their observations and examine the security measures they had in place'.

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