A Birmingham City fan has been jailed for 14 weeks after he admitted running onto the pitch and assaulting Aston Villa midfielder, Jack Grealish, during Sunday’s local derby.
Paul Mitchell, a married father of one, was jailed after appearing at Birmingham magistrates’ court.
He was also ordered to pay the footballer, £100 compensation for the pain, shock and discomfort caused by the attack.
Passing sentence, magistrate Alison Fisher told Mitchell: “This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable – a view shared by your own football club.
“Mr Grealish has stated that he was shocked and scared and feels lucky that it wasn’t worse. Players such as Mr Grealish are entitled to protection. We have therefore gone outside of our guidelines in the interests of justice.”
Mitchell was arrested after invading the pitch at St Andrew’s stadium and attacking Villa captain, Grealish, punching him in the jaw and bundling him to the ground.
Pub worker Mitchell, who was wearing a grey T-shirt and sporting a Birmingham City tattoo on his left forearm, also admitted a charge of invading the pitch.