Birmingham’s Championship match at home to rivals Aston Villa was damaged by shameful scenes right off the bat in the primary half as a supporter ran onto the pitch and threw a punch at the back of Jack Grealish’s head. To come here for first time and chief Aston Villa and score the champ, especially for me being an Aston Villa fan.” Dean Smith, the Aston Villa supervisor, stated: “It shouldn’t occur.
“While this episode falls inside the dispatch of the Football Association, we will work with all the pertinent gatherings to address the issue of player and match authorities’ wellbeing on the pitch and guarantee the fitting move is made.” Grealish did not require treatment and had the capacity to continue play in the Second City derby, with Aston Villa beginning the day in fourteenth spot and Birmingham sitting tenth, five off the playoffs.
In 2002, a fan was imprisoned for four months in the wake of entering the field of play and insulting Peter Enckelman, the Aston Villa goalkeeper who had yielded an objective in Birmingham’s 3-0 triumph at St.Andrews. A red line has been crossed by this weak on-field attack on a player, which is uncommon in English football.”
Sunday’s demonstration of viciousness was not the first run through the Midlands derby had seen a glimmer point. An announcement from Villa read: “Aston Villa Football Club is horrified by the despicable assault on Jack Grealish amid the present diversion.