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Football: The Second City Derby incident explained

West Midlands Police have confirmed that the man who attacked Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish was arrested shortly after the Villa’s 1-0 win in the Second City derby against Birmingham City on Sunday.

The incident occurred in the 10th minute when a man wearing a cap came on to the pitch from the home section before swinging his arm towards Grealish’s face.

After being arrested by police, the man, (who was wearing a Birmingham City jacket), blew kisses towards the crowd.

Villa captain Grealish sat on the floor for a few minutes before being helped up by both side’s players.

The 23 year-old would also have the last laugh, scoring the winner in the 67th minute with a well-taken finish, before being later substituted in the 84th minute for Birkir Bjarnason.

The EFL have now issued a statement saying it condemned the man’s actions, adding: “It’s a situation no player should ever be faced with.

“Those playing in the game must be able to do so safe in the knowledge they will not be subjected to this type of behaviour.

“While this incident falls within the remit of the Football Association, we will work with all the relevant parties to address the issue of player and match officials’ safety on the pitch and ensure the appropriate action is taken.”

Both Villa and Birmingham have also released statements since the incident with both agreeing that this kind of incident has no place in football:

“We deplore the behaviour of the individual who committed this act and rest assured he will be banned from St Andrew’s for life,” said the Blues statement.

“The club will also support any further punishment this individual may face in the eyes of the law.

“What happened has no place in football or society. Jack is a Birmingham lad and regardless of club allegiance should not have been subjected to this – there are no excuses.”

Villa meanwhile, say they were “appalled by the disgraceful attack” and that a “red line has been crossed by this cowardly on-field assault”.

“We deplore the behaviour of the individual who committed this act and rest assured he will be banned from St Andrew’s for life,” said the Blues statement.

“The club will also support any further punishment this individual may face in the eyes of the law.

“What happened has no place in football or society. Jack is a Birmingham lad and regardless of club allegiance should not have been subjected to this – there are no excuses.”

Villa meanwhile, say they were “appalled by the disgraceful attack” and that a “red line has been crossed by this cowardly on-field assault”.

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