Birmingham’s Championship match at dwelling to rivals Aston Villa (7:00 a.m. ET, ESPN+) was marred by disgraceful scenes early within the first half as a supporter ran on to the pitch and threw a punch behind Jack Grealish’s head.
In extraordinary scenes at St. Andrews, the match was barely 10 minutes outdated when a fan got here on to the sector of play and approached Grealish, the Villa midfielder.
The fan then swung a punch from behind and caught Grealish, who fell to the bottom. A steward then managed to restrain the supporter and marched him off the pitch. West Midlands police later confirmed the supporter had been arrested.
A fan is escorted from the pitch following an assault on Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish. Steve Feeney/Motion Plus through Getty Photos
Grealish didn’t require remedy and was in a position to resume play within the second metropolis derby, with Aston Villa beginning the day in 14th place and Birmingham sitting 10th, 5 factors off the playoffs.
Sunday’s act of violence was not the primary time the Midlands derby had witnessed a flash level. In 2002, a fan was jailed for 4 months after getting into the sector of play and taunting Peter Enckelman, the Aston Villa goalkeeper who had conceded a aim in Birmingham’s Three-Zero victory at St. Andrews.
Michael Harper, 26, from Solihull, was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates Courtroom after admitting working on to the pitch earlier than the conflict with Enckelman.