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Jack Grealish: Birmingham City fan jailed for pitch attack

Postby mallo » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:15 pm

Jack Grealish: Birmingham City fan jailed for 14 weeks for attacking Aston Villa footballer

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The court hears Paul Mitchell decided to run on to the pitch for a "joke", as his mother breaks down in tears during the hearing.

Monday 11 March 2019

Jack Grealish attacked


Fan invades the pitch and attacks Aston Villa's Jack Grealish
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A Birmingham City fan has been jailed for attacking Aston Villa footballer Jack Grealish on the pitch.

Paul Mitchell, 27, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates' Court to assault and a charge of encroaching on to the playing surface during Sunday's derby match.

He was sentenced to 14 weeks in jail and given a 10-year football banning order. Birmingham City had already said the father-of-one will be banned for life from their stadium.

Grealish was punched by Mitchell less than 10 minutes into the live-televised game at Birmingham's St Andrew's ground.

Despite the assault, the Villa captain went on to score the game's only goal.

The court heard Mitchell decided to run on to the pitch for a "joke" and claimed not to have been drunk when he launched the on-field attack.

The pub worker, from Rubery in Worcestershire, allegedly told police he thought Grealish "was a k***".


In a statement read to the court, Grealish, 23, said: "I cannot help but feel how lucky I was in this incident.

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish attacked by spectator in derby at Birmingham City.


Grealish says he feels 'lucky' after the incident


"It could have so much worse had the supporter had some sort of weapon."

Prosecutor Jonathan Purser told the court that Grealish felt "lasting pain" but suffered no "substantial injury" from the punch to his jaw.

The footballer was surprised at how easily Mitchell was able to run on to the pitch, Mr Purser added.

Vaughn Whistance, Mitchell's lawyer, told the court on Monday: "He cannot explain what came over him yesterday morning. His initial foolish intention was to just go onto the pitch and whip up the crowd.

"He has brought shame upon himself and his family... and the football club he has supported since he was a child.

"He apologises to Aston Villa and in particular Jack Grealish for his terrible behaviour.

"He is certainly remorseful today."

Mr Whistance said that Mitchell's family had been receiving abuse online after the incident and had been forced to move.

The defendant's mother broke down in tears as she sat with his father in the public gallery during the hearing.

Mitchell was ordered to pay £100 to Grealish as compensation for the pain, discomfort and shock caused by the assault.

He was also hit with a £115 victim surcharge and £135 in prosecution costs - and given a fortnight to pay the total sum of £350.








Meanwhile, a man has been charged with assault after an Arsenal fan ran on to the pitch at the Emirates Stadium and allegedly shoved Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.




Gary Cooper, 30, of Styventon Place in Chertsey, Surrey, was arrested on Sunday and will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in north London on Friday.

He has been charged with common assault and going on to the playing area, the Metropolitan Police said.









UPDATED 11/03/19


Jack Grealish: Birmingham City fan jailed for pitch attack

Birmingham City fan Paul Mitchell has pleaded guilty to assaulting Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish during Sunday's derby match.

Paul Mitchell received 14 weeks in prison.



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Breaking:Jack Grealish: Birmingham City fan jailed for pitch attack


Monday 11th March 2019

Jack Grealish was attacked from behind by Paul Mitchell


A Birmingham City fan has been jailed for 14 weeks for attacking Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish during the second city derby.
Paul Mitchell, of Rubery, Worcestershire, hit Grealish from behind on the pitch about 10 minutes into Sunday's game.
Mitchell, 27, admitted assault and encroachment on to the pitch at Birmingham Magistrates' Court earlier.


He "cannot explain what came over him yesterday morning", his solicitor said.






UPDATED 11/03/19


Birmingham City fan Paul Mitchell has pleaded guilty to assaulting Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish during Sunday's derby match.


Paul Mitchell, 27, entered the guilty plea at a packed out Birmingham Magistrates’ Court this morning following the shocking scenes on Sunday.

His defence solicitor told the court how Mitchell's wife and children "have had to move out of Birmingham in fear of death" following threats over the incident.




SKY NEWS

Vaughn Whistance, Mitchell's lawyer, told the court: "He cannot explain what came over him yesterday morning. His initial foolish intention was to just go onto the pitch and whip up the crowd."


Aston Villa players tried to intervene as Mitchell was taken off the pitch
Mr Whistance said that Mitchell's family had been receiving abuse online after the incident and had been forced to move.

Birmingham City has already said Mitchell will be banned for life from their stadium.

He will be sentenced later today.






During game he physically lands a punch on the rent boy from villa


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Aston Villa player Jack Grealish attacked by fan during Birmingham match
The Aston Villa captain later delighted fans by scoring the opening goal in the match's 66th minute.

By Emily Mee, news reporter



Sunday 10 March 2019

A fan invades the pitch and attacks Aston Villa's Jack Grealish during the match against Birmingham City



Aston Villa player Jack Grealish has been attacked by a fan who ran on to the pitch during a Championship match.



He was punched in the side of the head from behind less than 10 minutes into the match against Birmingham.

The spectator was restrained by stewards as other Villa players tried to intervene.

He blew kisses to the crowd while being led away by police.

The man was arrested following the incident and has been banned for life from St Andrew's stadium.
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Postby skiprat » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:15 pm

Apparently a brum fan has run on and floored grealish.
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby mallo » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:18 pm

He’s going to jail for that idiot
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby pembroke allan » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:18 pm

Absolutely shocking lucky he didn't hit him with a straight fist! That's 2 or 3 year jail spell for him! And its a very feisty game anyway....
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby mallo » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:19 pm

He’s going to jail for that idiot
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby mallo » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:20 pm

He must be gay aswell as it looked like he was swinging his handbag lol
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby pembroke allan » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:21 pm

mallo wrote:He’s going to jail for that idiot



Yes no question of that and he thought he was bee's knees for doing it? :o
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Re: trouble at brum

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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby BAMBA CREW » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:22 pm

Absolute c**t
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Re: trouble at brum

Postby skiprat » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:28 pm

Scum club.had a kicking by one of their fans when I was a kid. Wankers.
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby mallo » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:31 pm

Clown
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby NIBluebird » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:34 pm

Prison job.

What an idiot !!
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby bluebird58 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:38 pm

I know Grealish can be an irritating little t—t but he certainly isn’t worth jail time.
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby mallo » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:39 pm

Yes locked up now and for a long time to come they will make a massive exAmple out of him - grealish gets under everyone skin but to attack him live on sky the guy must have mental issues or flying his nut off !
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby Vincegulley » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:42 pm

Disgraceful. A blatant dive from Grealish
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Re: trouble at brum

Postby dogfound » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:55 pm

jail;
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Big fine for club and talk of points deduction from
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby bullerlever » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:04 pm

Demonstrates society as a whole. Total s..thouse assault from behind. If he had not caught his shoulder he would have connected full on. Could even kill him. F.....g scum. Lock him up for life
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby bullerlever » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:05 pm

All fans behind were cheering and clapping.. unreal
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Re: trouble at brum

Postby paulh_85 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:11 pm

CityBlue93 wrote:https://twitter.com/SkyFootball/status/1104717324622405637 :laughing5:



Not really funny though is it
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby thomasblue » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:12 pm

I think that's the first time I've seen Grealish go down from actual contact , I'm suprised he didn't hit the floor before the guy got to him.

Seriously though that guy should have a lifetime ban from all football grounds and a little spell in prison to make a example of him
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Re: trouble at brum

Postby CityBlue93 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:31 pm

paulh_85 wrote:
CityBlue93 wrote:https://twitter.com/SkyFootball/status/1104717324622405637 :laughing5:



Not really funny though is it


You're right, I wish Grealish a speedy recovery... Idiotic Brum fan coming on the pitch, swinging the worst timed arm flap I've ever seen at Grealish, nobody got hurt and the fan will rightly do time for it but not exactly something you can't joke about is it?
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Re: trouble at brum

Postby noisycat » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:36 pm

Absolutely disgraceful. I hope the guy goes to prison, he didn’t even have the balls to confront Grealish, he’s a coward.
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby pembroke allan » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:37 pm

Wider problem i feel is players and managers getting involved with fans after a goal? They should stay on pitch not do what grealish just did go into crowd after scoring, result a villa fan was forcefully taken away by police!
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby Gaynor Straight » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:46 pm

Like him or loath him that's a perfect response from Grealish
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby dogfound » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:55 pm

pembroke allan wrote:Wider problem i feel is players and managers getting involved with fans after a goal? They should stay on pitch not do what grealish just did go into crowd after scoring, result a villa fan was forcefully taken away by police!



players have ran to the fans forever,

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ca ... &FORM=VIRE

not keen on knee jerk reactions that make it more and more sterilised.
was at the Den when a tw*t attacked Dwyer 40 odd years ago , its just the odd idiot.
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Re: trouble at brum

Postby Willo Cardiff » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:05 pm

CityBlue93 wrote:
paulh_85 wrote:
CityBlue93 wrote:https://twitter.com/SkyFootball/status/1104717324622405637 :laughing5:



Not really funny though is it


You're right, I wish Grealish a speedy recovery... Idiotic Brum fan coming on the pitch, swinging the worst timed arm flap I've ever seen at Grealish, nobody got hurt and the fan will rightly do time for it but not exactly something you can't joke about is it?

He did have a speedy recovery he got up and scored the winner
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby City Slicker » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:12 pm

A couple of incidents in Scotland recently too. I hope this doesn't encourage a few more insane copycat nutjobs.
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Re: Birmingham fan attacks villa player

Postby CF31 Company » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:19 pm

Yep if this carrys on the fences will go back up. As mentioned by other posters mix in knife crime and similar incidents it won't end well unfortunately.
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