Fan attacked Jack Grealish in Championship derby

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A fan is escorted off the pitch 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 fan is escorted off the pitch 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)

The incident happened during the Birmingham City game against Aston Villa today at Saint Andrew; the EFL condemned the attack.

During the match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa in the English Championship, a fan entered the field to hit Villa’s midfielder Jack Grealish in the head.

The attack happened in the 9th minute of the match after the fan jumped into the field to go directly against Grealish, who he hit in the head before being apprehended by the security guards.

There has not been informed on what happened to the fan, but the game continued and it was Grealish who scored the winning goal at the 67th minute to give the visitors a victory.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City v Aston Villa at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on March 10, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City v Aston Villa at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium on March 10, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the English Football Leagues (EFL) condemned the attack with a statement published on their own website.

“The EFL condemns the mindless actions of the individual who encroached on to the pitch at St Andrew’s on Sunday afternoon,” the statement read.

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“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,” they added.

“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.”