Football Fan Who Attacked Jack Grealish Sentenced To 14 Weeks In Jail

Mitchell, from Rubery, Worcestershire, also admitted to invading the pitch and has been banned from attending any football match in the United Kingdom for 10 years.He was also ordered to pay £350 in fines.

Prosecutor Jonathan Purser told the court Grealish felt a punch to the right side of his lower jaw and he realised he has been assaulted by a Blues supporter. He tweeted his concern over the fact that the incident could have been much, much worse.

A Birmingham statement read: "Birmingham City Football Club would like to apologise to Jack Grealish and Aston Villa Football Club for an incident in this afternoon's derby match".

"My client's young family have had to leave their home and move out of Birmingham in fear of serious harm or death".

Chair of the bench Alison Fisher and another magistrate ordered Mitchell to pay £100 to Grealish as compensation for the pain, discomfort and shock caused by the assault.

The man, later named by police as 27-year-old Paul Mitchell, blew kisses towards the crowd as he was led away from the pitch. The league is considering a lifetime ban for the the fan, as the police prepare charges.

Describing Mitchell's actions on Sunday, defence solicitor Whistance said earlier: "He can not explain what came over himself yesterday morning". Grealish stayed on the pitch to score the winning goal.

The fan ran across the Emirates Stadium turf and made contact with United defender Smalling following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's conversion from the penalty spot.

Alan Shearer said the latest incidents proved that football had a "real problem" and called on the authorities to stamp it out.

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

It's also worth noting that later on Sunday, during Arsenal's 2-0 win over Manchester United, Chris Smalling was confronted by an Arsenal fan who charged onto the pitch.

'This weekend a line has been crossed in terms of fan behaviour.

A fan attending the English Championship between rivals Aston Villa and Birmingham ran onto the field during the soccer match on Sunday and threw a punch at one of the players.

Paul Mitchell, from Rubery in Worcestershire, also admitted entering the pitch unlawfully.

Following the match, both clubs released statements condemning the assault with Birmingham issuing an apology to Grealish.

"It's a disgrace; very unsafe for the players because the pitch invader could have had a weapon or anything really, we need to stamp down on this as soon as possible", he told BBC Radio Wales.

  • Rogelio Becker