Jack Grealish has had his moment of revenge after he scored for Aston Villa against Birmingham City. Grealish admirably kept calm after the incident, and received love from both members of both teams for having to endure what he did.
Villa would hold on to the lead and win the game, 1-0.
Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish had a day to remember at St. Andrews after being attacked by a crazed Birmingham City fan, then going on to score the winning goal in a insane Second City derby on Sunday.
They have promised a review of their safety procedures but are likely to face an investigation from the police, EFL and FA.
'It should never happen at a football game, whether it be local derby or not, ' said Smith. "Again, we apologize to Jack and all at Aston Villa Football Club".
"I just tried to get on with my job really and I think I did.
Further details to follow", read a tweet from the West Midlands Police. I was walking into position and I felt a whack around the side of the face. "I'm all for the rivalry and I'm all for the banter, but that is completely below the belt".
He was escorted off the pitch and was arrested in the incident that overshadowed today's game.
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The attack was widely condemned following the terrifying incident.
Storming the field, charging a player and striking him from behind is about as cowardly as it gets.
On the flip side, a fan storming the field and attacking a player is about the most attention I've paid to soccer in my whole life.
"In all circumstances the playing surface is for players, not supporters and those playing in the game must be able to do so safe in the knowledge they will not be subjected to this type of behavior".
Villa boss Dean Smith said: "One of the lads said there was a steward looking to have a go as well".
There also appeared to be angry clashes between fans outside the stadium, with four arrests for suspected assault of violent disorder offences.
The fan was then seen kissing to the crowd as he is taken away.