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Blues charged by FA after fan attack on Aston Villa's Jack Grealish

By Matt Maher | Aston Villa | Published: | Last Updated:

Blues have been charged by the FA following the fan attack on Villa’s Jack Grealish during last Sunday’s explosive Second City derby.

Paul Mitchell attacks Jack Grealish. Pic: Andy Shaw.

Paul Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday after pleading guilty to assault and pitch encroachment.

The 27-year-old raced on to the pitch in the 10th minute and struck Grealish from behind.

Blues have now been charged for failing ensure fans conducted themselves in an orderly fashion, refrained from violent conduct and encroaching the pitch.

The club has until next Friday, March 22, to respond.

An FA statement read: "Birmingham City FC has been charged with breaches of FA Rule E20(a)and (b).

"It is alleged the club failed to ensure that its spectator[s] conducted themselves in an orderly fashion; refrained from improper or violent conduct and refrained from encroaching onto the pitch during the EFL Championship fixture against Aston Villa on Sunday [10/03/2019].

"They have until 22/03/2019 to respond."

Both clubs have, meanwhile, been charged for failing to control their players.

It relates to a clash between both sets of players in the fifth minute of the game following Maikel Kiefetenbeld’s late challenge on Grealish, for which the Blues player was booked.

Both clubs have until Monday March 18 to respond.

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher
Football MMPJ - @mjmarr_star

Sports journalist for the Express & Star

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