Birmingham City apologizes for “punching-fan”

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A pitch invader is tackled by a steward after striking Jack Grealish of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on March 10, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A pitch invader is tackled by a steward after striking Jack Grealish of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on March 10, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

A fan, presumably a Birmingham City supporter, ran into the field to hit Jack Grealish on the head in today’s match.

In the tenth minute of the match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa, a fan took advantage of a corner kick to run into the pitch and hit Villa’s Jack Grealish on the head.

The was promptly removed from the field and arrested by the police.

And after the incident, Birmingham City released a written statement on what happened today and what they will do.

“We deplore the behaviour of the individual who committed this act and rest assured he will be banned from St. Andrew’s for life,” the team wrote on the official website.

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

“The club will be working with the relevant authorities to investigate all the circumstances and we will be reviewing our stadium safety procedures,” they continued.

“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,” they said.

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“Again, we apologise to Jack and all at Aston Villa Football Club.”

Many critics have called for bigger punishment against the fan, and all those who interrupt football around England.

In an ironic twist, Jack Grealish scored the winning goal at the 67th minute, lifting Villa to the ninth position of the table with 51 points.

Meanwhile, Birmingham ended up in the eleventh place with 50 points.