25th May, 2019

Rubery man charged with assaulting Jack Grealish pleads guilty

Tristan Harris 10th Mar, 2019 Updated: 11th Mar, 2019

A RUBERY man has pleaded guilty to an assault on Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish during the Second City Derby.

Paul Mitchell, 27, was charged with assault during the match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to both assault and to invading a football pitch at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court this morning.

He will be sentenced at 2pm this afternoon.

The maximum sentence allowed to be given for each offence is six months jail time.

Speaking after the incident, West Midlands Police’s Match commander, Supt Nick Rowe, said: “An attack on a player is completely unacceptable and outrageous.

“The vast majority of people were well behaved but unfortunately the occasion has been marred by this.

“We currently have a man in custody for questioning and will be working with Birmingham City Football Club as we fully investigate what happened.”

A Birmingham City FC statement after the match said the club would like to apologise to Jack Grealish and Aston Villa Football Club for an incident in this afternoon’s derby match.

“We deplore the behaviour of the individual who committed this act and rest assured he will be banned from St Andrew’s for life.

“The club will also support any further punishment this individual may face in the eyes of the law.

“The club will be working with the relevant authorities to investigate all the circumstances and we will be reviewing our stadium safety procedures.”

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