Aston Villa player Jack Grealish attacked by fan during Birmingham match

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Aston Villa player Jack Grealish has been attacked by a fan who ran on to the pitch during a Championship match.

He was punched in the side of the head from behind less than 10 minutes into the match against Birmingham.

The spectator, who was wearing a flat cap, was restrained by stewards as other Villa players tried to intervene.

He blew kisses to the crowd while being led away by police.

West Midlands Police released a statement saying: “Following the incident on the pitch involving an attack on an Aston Villa player, a man has been arrested and is en route to a custody block.

Further details to follow.” Grealish, who was in the Birmingham penalty area when the incident happened, appeared unhurt and was comforted by other players.

Football stars and fans reacted with shock, branding the attack a “disgrace”.

©SkyNews

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