Paul Mitchell, the Birmingham City fan who is known to have assaulted Jack Grealish from Aston Villa during the Derby Match on Sunday has pleaded guilty at the court of Birmingham magistrates. He appeared in the court following his custody being remanded overnight.
Jonathan Purser, the prosecutor had told the court that Grealish had to go through a lot of pain after the incident but he hadn’t suffered any significant injury due to the blow at the right portion of his jaw.
The statement that had been read to the court by Purser, the captain of Aston Villa said that he can’t help but feel lucky he had been in the incident. It could have had a worse effect if the supporter had been in possession of some kind of weapon.
Vaughn Whistance, the solicitor of Mitchell that the court that he could explain what had taken over him that morning. The initial intention was simply to go to the pitch and only whip the crowd. The head of the body of the player and the minister of sport had condemned this assault and this recent spate of violence in football.
Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of Professional Footballer’s Association said that the authorities need to consider the deduction points along with the ground closures for putting a lid in the bad behavior of the football fans. He says that there has been a long line of incidents in this season which include anti-semitic chants and the racist abuse.
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