Birmingham’s Championship match at home to rivals Aston Villa was sullied by a fan, as early in the first half a supporter ran onto the pitch and threw a punch at the back of Jack Grealish’s head.

The fan then swung a punch from behind and caught Grealish, who fell to the ground. 

West Midlands police later confirmed the supporter had been arrested. 

Grealish later scored to make it 1-0 to Villa on 66 minutes.

An EFL spokesman said: 

“The EFL condemns the mindless actions of the individual who encroached on to the pitch at St. Andrews on Sunday afternoon. It’s a situation no player should ever be faced with.

“In all circumstances the playing surface is for players, not supporters and 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.

“Whilst 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.”

Grealish did not require treatment and was able to resume play in the Second City derby, with Aston Villa starting the day in 14th place and Birmingham sitting 10th, five points off the playoffs.

This is why they call soccer fans hooligans. 

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