Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Football player attacked by fan during local derby

Football player attacked by fan during local derby

The incident occurred inside the first 10 minutes at St Andrew's, with a man making a beeline for the Villa captain and striking him on the head from behind.

The fan then swung a punch from behind and caught Grealish, who fell to the ground. Perhaps worst of all, he was cheered by numerous Brum fans, while he blew kisses into the crowd.

West Midlands Police confirmed during the game that a man had been arrested and was being taken to a custody block following the attack, while Birmingham apologised to the player and their opponents.

Villa captain Grealish was helped up by players from both teams and was able to continue the match. Further details to follow'.

The incident was widely criticized on social media, with Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling tweeting: "Idiot of the year. congrats on your lifetime ban".

Italian envoy confirms deaths of 2 climbers in Pakistan
Italian ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo tweeted that the bodies of the two men had been identified from aerial photos. Rescuers have found the bodies of two climbers missing for nearly a fortnight on a mountain in Pakistan .

John Kelly says he would have worked for Hillary Clinton if asked
President Donald Trump inspects border-wall prototypes in San Diego, on March 13, 2018. It is not the first time Kelly clashed with the president over his long-desired wall.

Trump, Cohen accuse each other of lies in Twitter spat
Cohen claimed that Jay Sekulow , a member of Trump's legal team, edited his false statement regarding the Trump Tower Moscow deal. That's according to a statement Thursday by Lanny Davis, Cohen's current attorney.

Former Manchester United and England footballer Gary Neville said Birmingham City would have to take "a huge punishment" for the incident.

Grealish, who appeared unhurt, did not react to the provocation.

Grealish stayed on the pitch to score the winning goal. In 2002, a fan was jailed for four months after entering the field of play and taunting Peter Enckelman, the Aston Villa goalkeeper who had conceded a goal in Birmingham's 3-0 victory at St. Andrews.

"What happened has no place in football or society". I think we had a corner, I was walking into position and felt an arm come around my face from behind.

"I just tried to get on with my job in the end and I think I did".

Like this: