English football fan sentenced to 14 weeks for punching player at game

Alan Shearer has warned that football authorites must tackle pitch invaders to avoid risks to player safety after a fan struck Aston Villa's Jack Grealish

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According to the Birmingham Mail, officials with the Birmingham City club were disgusted by the fan's actions and planned to issue an apology to Grealish.

"Not surprisingly, this case has attracted a lot of national interest and I am mindful that a sentence will act as a deterrent today which would fall outside of the guidelines of common assault".

"Birmingham City Football Club would like to apologise to Jack Grealish and Aston Villa Football Club for an incident in Sunday afternoon's derby match", a club statement said.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of encroachment onto the pitch and assault, with hosts Birmingham announcing the individual will be banned for life.

He has called on the Football Association to work with the government, police and stewards at the grounds to help stamp out such incidents. Before anyone was quite aware of what was going on, the fan ran up behind Grealish and took a swing at him connecting with the back of his head, Bleacher Report wrote.

West Midlands Police tweeted a statement confirming an arrest had been made in connection with the incident.

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

A spectator is escorted off the pitch after striking Jack Grealish
A spectator is escorted off the pitch after striking Jack Grealish

The court also heard how Mitchell, upon being led away from the St Andrew's pitch by stewards, was asked why he attacked Jack Grealish and responded: "Grealish is a nob".

The shocking scenes left the football world stunned. He is set to appear in court on Monday, according to Sky Sports.

That these shameful incidents followed another instance of poor fan behaviour in Scotland on Friday night, when a fan also clambered out of the stands to confront an opposition player, combined to make for a distressing weekend in British football.

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.

"It is a criminal offence to enter the field of play and we will be working with the police, the relevant authorities and the club to ensure the appropriate action is taken".

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

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