Jack Grealish thug says month in prison was “best of his life” and refuses again to apologise as he is released

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A FOOTIE yob jailed for punching Aston Villa star Jack Grealish after running onto the pitch during the Birmingham derby has boasted prison was the ‘best month of his life’.

Jobless Paul Mitchell, 27, was caged for 14 weeks following the cowardly attack on March 10.

Paul Mitchell pictured in a police van on his way to court last month
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Birmingham are certain to be hit with a heavy penalty after the shocking incident
Birmingham are certain to be hit with a heavy penalty after the shocking incident
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He pleaded guilty to assault and encroachment onto the pitch at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court the following day.

Today, the swaggering thug bragged about being released from jail last Monday – just FOUR WEEKS into his prison term.

Speaking from his flat in the Rubery area of Birmingham, unrepentant Mitchell refused to apologise to Grealish for the attack.

He said: “It was the best month of my life. It was hard being away from my family but everything was good.”

When asked whether he regretted what his actions, he said: “I’m not prepared to discuss that. I’m not apologising for nothing.”

THUG ‘NOT WELCOME BACK’ AT LOCAL PUB

However, his local pub said Mitchell would not be welcome back following his release.

A member of staff at the New Rose and Crown, Mitchell’s nearest pub, said: “Paul Mitchell used to drink here until just before it happened.

“We haven’t seen him since, but he probably wouldn’t be welcome. We have a lot of football fans here.”

The shocking incident was the captured on live TV during the Championship clash between Villa and Birmingham City last month.

Ex-pub manager Mitchell sprinted onto the pitch in the 10th minute of the match at St Andrews and punched the midfielder before being surrounded by stewards.

Grealish, who was knocked to the ground after Mitchell swung a punch from behind, went onto score the only goal of the game.

The yob appeared before magistrates the next day, where he was jailed and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the footballer.


Chair of the bench Alison Fisher told him: “This was an unprovoked attack on a footballer who was simply doing his job.

“It was a single punch but with enough force to knock Mr Grealish to the ground.

“This type of behaviour is unacceptable, a view shared by your own football club, who have banned you for life.

The dad-of-one was released after serving four weeks behind bars
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Mitchell was described as an ’embarrassment’ by family and friends
The thug said he has no regrets about his conviction
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He had been a season ticket holder for over 20 years but was banned by Birmingham City
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Jack Grealish, depsite being flattened, did not react to the senseless attack
Jack Grealish, despite being flattened, did not react to the senseless attack
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The man launched his cowardly attack when Jack Grealish had his back turned
Mitchell launched his cowardly attack when Jack Grealish had his back turned
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The Villa player had no chance of getting out of the way or defending himself[/caption]

The world of football has been left shocked at the disgraceful scenes at St Andrews today
Mitchell was hauled away by stewards following the attack
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Grealish, 23, later scored the only goal of the game, giving Aston Villa the win[/caption]


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