Grealish attacker pleads guilty to assault

Paul Mitchell has pleaded guilty to assault and pitch invasion after he attacked Aston Villa's Jack Grealish in Sunday's Birmingham derby.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish is helped to his feet after being attacked by a fan.   -  Getty Images

The Birmingham City supporter who attacked Jack Grealish during Aston Villa's 1-0 win at St. Andrew's has pleaded guilty to pitch invasion and assault.

Villa captain Grealish was punched from behind by the pitch invader in the early stages of Sunday's derby.

West Midlands Police confirmed Paul Mitchell, 27, was charged after the game and he appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Monday.

READ: Grealish attacked by fan in Birmingham-Villa clash

Birmingham City confirmed that Mitchell has been banned from the Championship club for life.

Grealish showed no ill effects from the incident and went on to score the only goal in his side's 1-0 victory before leaping over the advertising hoarding to celebrate with the away supporters.

The police made four arrests in total for suspected assault or violent disorder offences.

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