"What dreams are made of" - Villa's Grealish after fan attack

Grealish is attacked by Paul Mitchell. Pic Andy Shaw

Grealish is attacked by Paul Mitchell. Pic Andy Shaw

He was led away by police, blowing kisses to the crowd as he left before being arrested.

In all, four people were arrested on suspicion of assault or violent disorder during the fixture.

In a statement read into the court record by Mr Purser, the Aston Villa captain said: "I can not help but feel how lucky I was in this incident".

'It could have been so much worse had the supporter had some sort of weapon'.

The midfielder was uninjured and scored the game-winner after the incident, which occurred in the 10th minute of the English Football League match in Birmingham.

"Drastic action is needed - either through points deductions or by emptying stadiums and making clubs play behind closed doors".

But that wasn't the end of the story, as Grealish had the last laugh.

The first incident unfolded in Birmingham during a local derby between Birmingham City and Aston Villa in the second-tier Championship.

He spent time as a youngster at Villa's bitter rivals Birmingham City but had to work his way up the leagues via non-league.

Metropololitan Police confirmed the man is in custody at a north London police station.

"We deplore the behaviour of the individual who committed this act and rest assured he will be banned from St. Andrew's for life".

Birmingham said it would assist investigators and review stadium safety procedures.

"What happened has no place in football or society" the statement read. It is the unfortunate reality for the club that, while there was no shortage of astonishment at the nature of the attack on Jack Grealish, there will be less surprise from the footballing world that a Birmingham fan was involved.

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Meanwhile, former Aston Villa player Hendrie condemned the whole incident while speaking to Sky Sports. "I'm all for the rivalry, I'm all for the banter but that is below the belt".

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The Professional Footballers' Association added that they've seen a rise in fan-related violence. "There's a lot of hate amongst the fans and stuff, which is fine to an extent, but you shouldn't be able to come on the pitch and make contact with a player".

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