A 27 year old man is to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court today (Monday 11 March) following an attack on Aston Villa player Jack Grealish during the Second City derby.

Paul Mitchell, from Rubery was charged yesterday evening (Sunday 10 March) with invading the pitch and assaulting  the Villa star.

The pitch invader punched footballer in the head during the first half of the match at St Andrews yesterday afternoon.

Match commander, Superintendent 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 comprehensive policing operation was put in place at the fixture to successfully reduce the risk of large-scale disorder.


There were four arrests for suspected assault or violent disorder offences in total.


A small number of objects were thrown at officers outside the ground following the game but no-one was injured and enquiries are on-going.

A steward was spoken to in the aftermath of the goal but no offence has been reported at this stage; while the force will also be reviewing complaints around offensive social media posts.

Some road closures and restrictions were in operation to assist in enabling supporters to leave the ground as quickly as possible.


Supt Rowe added: “I would like to thank people for their co-operation and patience during the day.


“We fully understand these road restrictions would have caused some inconvenience. It wasn’t a decision we took lightly but was considered necessary to avoid the risk of major disorder.”



  1. What a complete zero this idiot is!

    Probably did it for a bet, or to get some likes on social media, “Look what I did, ain’t I cool!!”

    But now that he has got his 15 minutes, he will soon realise the boot will be on the foot, and he will become a target now that his name is out in the public domain. Moreover, if he has a family, they too may suffer personal abuse and/or vandalism to their home and property.

    I guess if that did come to pass and his life was turned into a merry hell, he will no doubt be demanding police protection from the same yobs that he himself can be associated with.


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