Jack Grealish was hit in the head this afternoon
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.
He recovered to score the winner in their derby match with Birmingham in the Championship.
The spectator, who was wearing a flat cap, was restrained by stewards as other Villa players tried to intervene.
😡 - "An absolute disgrace!"
A fan has run onto the field and attacked Jack Grealish from behind. pic.twitter.com/PI1Wf3qXfP
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) 10 March 2019
He blew kisses to the crowd while being led away by police.
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) 10 March 2019
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."
A spokesperson for the English Football League (EFL) said it condemned the "mindless actions" of the attacker.
Absolutely disgraceful what just happened to Jack Grealish😡
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) 10 March 2019