Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish became as soon as attacked by a spectator who ran on to the pitch within the Championship match at opponents Birmingham City on Sunday.
It came about within the tenth minute when a person carrying a cap came on to the pitch from the house portion sooner than swinging his arm in direction of Grealish’s face.
The man, who became as soon as carrying a Birmingham City jacket, blew kisses in direction of the group as he became as soon as led away by stewards.
West Midlands Police said a person has been arrested following the incident.
Villa captain Grealish sat on the St Andrew’s turf sooner than being helped up by gamers from both groups and became as soon as ready to proceed.
The guests went on to take 1-0, Grealish scoring the winner within the 67th minute.
The EFL issued a press free up asserting it condemned the person’s actions, alongside with: “It’s a direct no player may perchance silent ever be faced with.
“These playing within the game can must be ready to total so protected within the figuring out they’ll no longer be subjected to this form of behaviour.
“Whereas this incident falls at some stage within the remit of the Soccer Association, we can work with the total relevant parties to cope with the direct of player and match officials’ safety on the pitch and originate sure the acceptable action is taken.”
Birmingham apologised to Grealish and Villa straight away after the game and added that they may perchance be reviewing their stadium safety procedures.
“We deplore the behaviour of the particular person that committed this act and rest assured he’s going to be banned from St Andrew’s for lifestyles,” said a Blues commentary.
“The membership will also give a snatch to any longer punishment this particular person may perchance face within the eyes of the law.
“What came about has no area in football or society. Jack is a Birmingham lad and regardless of membership allegiance place no longer need been subjected to this – there are no excuses.”
Aston Villa said they were “appalled by the disgraceful ******” and that a “crimson line has been crossed by this cowardly on-discipline assault”.
“Native rivalries are portion of the material of the game. Alternatively, as we’re sure our chums at Birmingham City would agree, to have a player’s internal most safety positioned below such jeopardy is a severe trigger for direct for the overall football neighborhood,” said a Villa commentary.
Historical Birmingham midfielder Darren Carter said on BBC WM radio: “It’s a rivalry and you acquire passionate, but it is possible you’ll perchance perchance silent by no formulation intention on to the pitch. That is diabolical behaviour.”
On Friday, a person became as soon as arrested after Rangers’ James Tavernier became as soon as confronted by a spectator at some stage in Friday’s Scottish Premiership design with Hibs.