Birmingham City have condemned the incident that took place during the derby match vs Aston Villa. They have also confirmed that the fan who punched Jack Grealish will be banned for life from the stadium.
The young Englishman winger was blindsided by a Birmingham City fan in the early stages of the match at St Andrew’s. Grealish went on to score in the 67th minute to help Aston Villa win the game 1-1.
Birmingham’s statement read:
Birmingham City Football Club would like to apologise to Jack Grealish and Aston Villa Football Club for an incident in this afternoon’s derby match.
We deplore the behaviour of the individual who committed this act and
The Club will be working with the relevant authorities to investigate all the circumstances and we will be reviewing our stadium safety procedures.
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.
Again, we apologise to Jack and all at Aston Villa Football Club.