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Football thug jailed for assault on Aston Villa player

A man has been jailed for 14 weeks after an Aston Villa player was assaulted at the second city derby yesterday (10 March).

Paul Mitchell, 27 from Rubery, forced his way onto the pitch before punching football player Jack Grealish in the head ten minutes into the game.

Paul Mitchell
Paul Mitchell jailed for 14 weeks

Mitchell was swiftly detained by officers and stewards and arrested for assault and encroachment of the pitch.

Today at Birmingham Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison and given a football banning order preventing him from attending any game in the country for the next 10 years.

Superintendent Nick Rowe, match commander for yesterday’s game, described the act as utterly disgraceful. He said: “I, like many others, was left shocked by this act of stupidity and cowardly behaviour.  This moment of madness will result in Mitchell being separated from his family, never being able to set foot inside Birmingham City football ground ever again and not being able to attend any other football ground for the next 10 years.

“I am pleased that he has been dealt with swiftly and I hope this sentence is seen as a deterrent to anyone thinking of causing trouble at future football games. This behaviour will not be tolerated and those that do commit acts like this will be dealt with.”