Fan jailed for Grealish pitch attack

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Image caption 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.

“His initial foolish intention was to just go on to the pitch and whip up the crowd,” said Vaughn Whistance, defending.

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Image caption Former pub worker Mitchell blew kisses while being led off the field at St Andrew’s

Mitchell, of Cock Hill Lane, was also ordered to pay £350 in fines and has been banned from attending any football matches in the UK for 10 years.

Grealish was able to continue with the game after the attack and went on to score the winning goal in the 67th minute.

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