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FA charge for Aston Villa and Birmingham City following Second City derby

By Luke Hatfield | Aston Villa | Published:

Birmingham City and Aston Villa have been charged with failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in Sunday's Championship match, the Football Association has announced.

The game was marred by a pitch invader who attacked Villa star Jack Grealish.

There was a clash between both sets of players in the fifth minute of the game following Maikel Kiefetenbeld's late challenge on Villa midfielder Jack Grealish. The Blues player was booked for the tackle.

Both clubs have until Monday March 18 to respond, the Football Association said in a statement.

Villa won the encounter at St Andrews 1-0, but the game was marred when a supporter invaded the pitch, attacking Grealish early in the first half.

The boyhood Villa fan went on to score the only goal of the game.

Paul Mitchell, named as the attacker, pleaded guilty to assault and pitch encroachment, was banned from attending matches for life by Birmingham City and has been jailed for 14 weeks.

The 27-year-old was also ordered to pay £100 to Grealish as compensation for the pain, discomfort and shock caused by the assault.

He was also hit with a £115 victim surcharge and £135 in prosecution - and given a fortnight to pay the total sum of £350. He was handed a 10-year football banning order by the court.

Luke Hatfield

By Luke Hatfield
@LHatfield_Star

Digital Sports Journalist with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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