Former Aston Villa player lashed out against “punching-fan”

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)

On today’s match between Birmingham and Aston Villa, a supporter ran onto the pitch to hit Villa’s Jack Grealish.

In the tenth minute of the game between Birmingham City and Aston Villa in the English Championship, a fan jumped into the field in order to hit Villa’s Jack Grealish in the head.

Players from both teams confronted the fan, while security wrestled him to the ground, and then he was arrested by police.

And ex-Aston Villa player Dean Saunders lashed out against the supporter.

“I have played football all my life, and I’ve never been so shocked,” he told talkSPORT.

“That is absolutely scandalous.”

“He’s got to get jailed. Give him five years. He’s let Birmingham down, he’s let football down, he’s let the country down. Think about the implications for your children and my children.”

Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Sky Bet Championship

Gareth Southgate: Jack Grealish needs a Premier League football

England manager Gareth Southgate says Jack Grealish needs to play in the Premier League before he can be considered for a call up in the senior team.

“You’re going to end up putting fences back round the ground where people can’t watch the games properly,” he continued.

“What he’s done today has ruined not just football in England, this will go round the world, it gives idiots ideas.”

“You’ve got Tavernier’s (referring to Rangers captain, James Tavernier, who was confronted by a Hibernian supporter during the sides’ match on Friday this week); Brendan Rodgers’ house gets burgled; you’ve got knife crime in England life you’ve never seen before; you’ve got people throwing glass bottles on the pitch (referring to the incident last Saturday in which Celtic’s Scott Sinclair was almost hit with a glass bottle at Hibs),” he said.

“Nobody’s got any respect for anybody anymore, it’s not just football, this (incident) just brings it all to a head.”