BC-SOC–England-Player Attacked,3rd Ld-Writethru

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish modified into attacked by a spectator early in his aspect’s derby game at Birmingham. The incident passed off less than 10 minutes into the game when Grealish modified into in the Birmingham penalty condominium and a fan in a hat ran onto the sphere and threw a punch from in the wait on of the visiting captain, striking him on the aspect of the top.

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — A spectator ran onto the sphere and threw a punch at Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish for the interval of a derby game at Birmingham City on Sunday.

The incident came about less than 10 minutes into the 2d-tier Championship game in central England when Grealish modified into in the Birmingham penalty condominium. The fan ran from in the wait on of Grealish and swung his just arm on the midfielder, striking the aspect of his head.

The intruder modified into immediate restrained by a stadium security legit as loads of alternative Villa players rushed in to confront him. He modified into led away by police, blowing kisses to the crowd as he left ahead of being arrested.

Grealish produced the ideal response by scoring the impartial in the 2d half that secured a 1-0 victory for Villa. Nonetheless he modified into booked for leaping into the stands to hang a valuable time with visiting Villa followers.

The opponents organizer acknowledged it “condemns the senseless actions” of the man who attacked Grealish.

“It’s a field no participant ought to still ever be confronted with,” the English Soccer League acknowledged in an announcement. “In all circumstances the playing floor is for players, now not supporters and these playing in the game favor to be ready to attain so valid in the certainty they obtained’t be subjected to this form of habits.

“Whereas this incident falls for the interval of the remit of the Soccer Affiliation, we’re going to work with the entire related occasions to address the matter of participant and match officials security on the pitch and make particular the acceptable motion is taken.”

The assault adopted a preference of latest high-profile incidents of crowd concern north of the border in Scottish football.

In Friday night’s 1-1 scheme between Rangers and Hibernian, Rangers captain James Tavernier chanced on himself head to head with a Hibernian fan who had jumped out of the house toughen stand for the interval of a game on Friday night. The outdated weekend a tumbler bottle modified into thrown from the same section of the stadium as Celtic winger Scott Sinclair ready to buy a corner for the interval of a game at Hibernian.

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