Jack Grealish And Chris Smalling Attacked By Fans On Field

Reformed football hooligan and Blues fan Barrington Patterson asked the troll to join him in homeless outreach work

Reformed football hooligan and Blues fan Barrington Patterson asked the troll to join him in homeless outreach work

Birmingham City fan Paul Mitchell, who assaulted Aston Villa's Jack Grealish during Sunday's derby match, has pleaded guilty at Birmingham magistrates' court.

His solicitor told the court: "He can not explain what came over him yesterday morning".

"There is a combination of sanctions with fines, ground closures, games behind closed doors and points deductions". There can not be a strong enough punishment.

Republic of Ireland midfielder Conor Hourihane slammed the "disgusting" behaviour of a Birmingham fan who charged on to the pitch and punched Jack Grealish at St Andrew's.

The court heard how Birmingham City have handed married Mitchell, who was a season ticket holder and former pub manager, a lifetime ban. "The authorities have to stamp it out now". This Birmingham fan is a disgrace to football and should never be allowed to watch a match live again. "It could have been someone running on with a knife - how are you meant to stop this?" he added.

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.

"We need more security".

Jack Grealish got the best revenge he could.

"Local rivalries are part of the fabric of the game however, as we are sure our friends at Birmingham City would agree, to have a player's personal safety placed under such jeopardy is a serious cause for concern for the entire football community".

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.

"Why can't Grealish go and celebrate with his fans?" I was in front of the away section at Hillsborough, there were about 6,000 fans there and you know Leeds supporters are very vocal anyway.

His strike was the flawless retribution for the attack he'd suffered earlier in the game, and Manchester City star Sterling tweeted his approval for the Villa man's match-winning finish, posting: "Karma at its best". Why are these people doing it? Players such as Mr Grealish are entitled to protection.

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said the attack on Grealish was "disgraceful" and "cowardly".

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