A Birmingham City fan punches Jack Grealish during the game against Aston Villa in the Championship earlier today.
The Midland derby is one of the fiercest games in England where the players and fans are fire up for the clash.
However, scenes turned rather ugly during the game between Aston Villa and Birmingham City earlier today, as a fan invaded the pitch and punched Jack Grealish.
Grealish was walking towards the goal, when the fan broke the security barrier and ran on to the pitch, hitting the player from behind.
Fan punches Jack Grealish
The incident took place early in the first half during the Midlands derby.
Birmingham City are 10th in the Championship, while Aston Villa have had a disappointing season and are currently 14th.
Jack Grealish, the captain of Aston Villa, was subject to the attack seemingly due to the rivalry with Birmingham City. The English youngster began his career at Aston Villa and has since been representing the club.
The fan blew kisses towards the crowd as he was taken away by the stewards. He has now been arrested.
Here’s the video of the incident:
What a disgrace! We’ve never seen anything like this! 😮
A Birmingham ‘fan’ has run onto the pitch and punched Jack Grealish in the back of the head! 🤬 pic.twitter.com/2x50XGrRqD
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) March 10, 2019
How Twitter reacted..
Absolutely shocking scenes at Birmingham.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 10, 2019
A BIRMINGHAM CITY FAN HAS JUST RAN ON THE PITCH AND PUNCHED JACK GREALISH!
Absolutely shocking from the stewards.
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) March 10, 2019
— Joshua Jones (@joshuapsjones) March 10, 2019
Jack Grealish has done unbelievable not to react to that, disgusting behaviour! 😡
— Greg Docherty (@Gregdocherty96) March 10, 2019
Disgusting scenes in the Birmingham Villa game, as a fan has run onto the pitch and punched Jack Grealish.
No place for that in football, truly terrible.
— Coral (@Coral) March 10, 2019
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 10, 2019
Rivalry aside, what an absolute bellend that matey was who just ran on the pitch an round housed Jack Grealish, hope he never watches a football game again. Fair play to Grealish though there’s many that would of hit him back.
— Judd. 🤫 (@JuddPFC95) March 10, 2019
Absolutely disgraceful what just happened to Jack Grealish😡
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) March 10, 2019
Watching two games at once, but did a fan just run on and punch Jack Grealish?!
— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) March 10, 2019
That is an absolute disgrace from the Birmingham fan who punched Jack Grealish (from behind). Embarrassing from the supporters who then applauded him off
— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) March 10, 2019
Whether the Championship will take action on Birmingham City remains to be seen.