Fan sentenced to 14 weeks in prison for attacking Aston Villa player
|Paul Mitchell, 27 (Credit: Michael Scott/Caters News)|
Paul Mitchell, 27, appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday and admitted that he invaded the St Andrews pitch and striked Grealish in the 12th minute of the ‘Second City Derby’.
This was an unprovoked assault on a footballer doing his job in front of 23,000 spectators and thousands watching on TV, including families,” magistrate Alison Fisher said during sentencing.
We note that you have taken responsibility for your actions. However, this type of behaviour is totally unacceptable.
The sentence must act as a punishment and a deterrent to others in order to send a message to the public and fans and players like Mr Grealish who should be protected at all times.
We have taken into account mitigation and family circumstances, however, we feel your actions deserve a prison term, one for 14 weeks.”
Paul Mitchell has been banned from any football matches for the next 10 years.
Birmingham City has also confirmed that the supporter has been given a lifetime ban from St. Andrew’s stadium.