British Soccer Fan Runs onto the Field, Punches Player in the Head

British Soccer Fan Runs onto the Field, Punches Player in the Head

British Soccer Fan Runs onto the Field, Punches Player in the Head

Aston Villa match in England in the Championship on Sunday provided a shocking, disgusting moment that won't soon be forgotten, raising concerns over player safety.

Aston Villa footaller Jack Grealish was attacked by a pitch invader less than ten minutes into today's derby clash between Villa and Birmingham. The fan ran from behind Grealish and swung his right arm at the midfielder, striking the side of his head.

The crazed fan was accosted by matchday stewards and was led away while he triumphantly blew kisses toward his fellow Blues fans. "That is diabolical behavior". Asked to describe what happened, he replied, "It's the best day of my life". To come here for the first time, captain Aston Villa and score the victor, it's what dreams are made of.

The Guardian described what was a "feisty opening to the game, in which Birmingham's Maikel Kieftenbeld was booked for Scything down Grealish", the Aston captain.

Play was stopped while stewards restrained the man, who has since been arrested, before Grealish - who later scored the victor - was helped to his feet.

The fan was immediately surrounded and knocked to the ground by Grealish's teammates and dragged off the field. It's a situation no player should ever be faced with.


The PFA added in a statement it was concerned about "this type of behaviour coming back into the game", adding: "Incidents like this demonstrate certain problems have not been eradicated and that players can be particularly vulnerable".

The Football Association spokesperson Twitter account tweeted: "We strongly condemn the incident in the match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa which saw a person enter the pitch and assault a player".

The attack was widely condemned following the terrifying incident.

Before the game, supporters were seen being held back by police who were using batons.

Known as the Second City derby, this fixture is a heated rivalry between two clubs separated by less than four miles in Birmingham, and those tensions clearly spilled over on Sunday. "Only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt".

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