Aston Villa Player Sucker-Punched In Face By Fan, Scores Game-Winner

Erika Holt
March 12, 2019

The Birmingham City fan ran out on the field early in the game between Birmingham City and Aston Villa.

This morning, the 27-year-old pleaded guilty to assault to invading the pitch.

The footballer was surprised at how easily Mitchell - who has been banned for life by Birmingham City - was able to run on to the pitch, Mr Purser said.

Players from both teams checked on the midfielder's welfare and he went on to score the decisive goal in Villa's 1-0 victory, beating Lee Camp from just inside the box in the 67th minute.

In all, four people were arrested on suspicion of assault or violent disorder during the fixture. To score the victor was unbelievable, after what happened in the first half I think it was set up for it.

"We apologize to Jack and all at Aston Villa Football Club", Birmingham said in a statement.

"This weekend a line has been crossed in terms of fan behaviour", an FA spokesperson said in a statement.

Former Rovers ace and ex-Wales worldwide David Cotterill says armed officers should be drafted in in the wake of yesterday's incident which saw Grealish struck in the face by a Birmingham City supporter.

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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".

Villa would hold on to the lead and win the game, 1-0.

"We have reached the point where banning individual fans for going on the pitch is simply not enough of a punishment", England women's manager Neville told the BBC. On Sunday, Aston Villa took on Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship match.

He has called on the Football Association to work with the government, police and stewards at the grounds to help stamp out such incidents.

The English Football League (EFL) condemned the incident in a statement posted to its website.

Then United defender Chris Smalling was clipped round the face by an Arsenal hooligan during the Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

The club said there were "no excuses" for his behaviour and it was reviewing its stadium safety procedures.

However, whatever the result ends up being we have already seen the talking point for this game and it has marred the whole derby.

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