Man charged over Grealish assault

A fan was removed after attacking Aston Villa's Jack Grealish right on the pitch during the Sky Bet Championship soccer match at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium Birmingham England on Sunday

A man has been charged with invading the pitch during Aston Villa's Second City derby match against Birmingham and assaulting captain Jack Grealish.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement Sunday evening that the man was in custody on "suspicion of common assault and pitch invasion". He will appear before Birmingham magistrates today.

The intruder was quickly restrained by stewards as several other Villa players rushed in to confront him.

Grealish went on to score the victor in a 1-0 victory for Villa, but was taunted on Twitter by user alfieperkins over his brother Keelan, who died in 2000 aged just nine months due to cot death.

Birmingham City issued a full statement and apology on their website, confirming the offending supporter will be banned from St. Andrews and they will back any legal action.

"When he scored the victor, as captain of his boyhood club, against their biggest rivals, after being assaulted by an opposing fan earlier in the game. well, I must admit I punched the air a little bit", she said. Jack is a Birmingham lad and regardless of club allegiance should not have been subjected to this - there are no excuses.

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

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

"I was completely unaware of it".

"An attack on a player is completely unacceptable and outrageous", match commander, superintendent Nick Rowe said of the initial incident.

Hendrie said: "I'm all for the rivalry, I'm all for the banter, but that is literally the worst thing I've seen on a football pitch. A points deduction or empty stadium for 10 games!"

The rivalry between Birmingham City and Aston Villa has seen more violence between fans, as both clubs have been followed by well-organized groups of hooligans, known as "firms".

"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. "There should be no place in football for wanting Jack Grealish to succeed".

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