Lampard calls for tougher action on assaults

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)

Frank Lampard has urged the FA to severely punish the fans who assault players, having suffered similar attacks like Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish back in his playing days.

Villa midfielder Jack Grealish was punched from behind by a Birmingham fan in the Second City derby on Sunday.

However, the pitch invader will serve a 14-week jail sentence as the punishment for his offence.

Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard who narrowly escaped a punch from a Spurs fan in the Blues 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane feels more should be done to avoid a future occurrence.

“It’s an unfortunate part of being in the public eye or playing a sport in public, it shouldn’t be,” said Lampard via Sky Sports.

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“I hope players are not playing with a fear of this happening again. We’re all aware of it and have been for many years.

“I didn’t like the experience. You have to deal with it. The stamping out thing is how you deal with it and how strong you are. I think we’re very lenient sometimes.”

Grealish revealed he was lucky the supporter had no weapon, suggesting the outcome would have been worse.

Lampard admits it remains an “obvious fear” going forward.

“Maybe this could be a shock to the system to stop that more dangerous thing happening in the future,” he added.