Fan who punched Jack Grealish: ‘I’m not apologising for nothing’

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The Birmingham City fan who was sent to prison for punching Aston Villa's Jack Grealish has been released, describing his incarceration as 'the best month of my life.'

Paul Mitchell - who was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison last month for the attack during the Second City derby - was released from prison after serving just four weeks of his term.

"I'm out of prison. I was released on Monday. Of course, I'm glad to be out," said Mitchell in quotes carried by Birmingham Live.

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A man believed to be a Birmingham City supporter ran onto the pitch during the Championship clash with Aston Villa and punched midfielder Jack Grealish in the face.The supporter was seen live on television running onto the pitch and hitting Grealish from behind in the head, before being dragged away by security.The disgraceful incident came in the ninth-minute of the Second City derby at St Andrews, and leaves Birmingham facing a Football Association investigation for failing to control their fans.West Midlands Police have confirmed that a man was arrested following the incident and has been taken into custody.A post on the West Midlands Twitter account read: “ARREST: Following the incident on the pitch involving an attack on an Aston Villa player; a man has been arrested and en route to a custody block. Further details to follow.”Grealish did incredibly well to keep his composure and not react to the assault, and his teammates Glenn Whelan and Tammy Abraham initially confronted the attacker before thinking better of retaliating, with security eventually apprehending and removing him from the pitch.And fate would have a fresh twist in the 67th minute when, of all people, Grealish rifled in a low left-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area to beat goalkeeper Lee Camp and put Villa ahead.> You could not write it! 😲 > > After being punched by a fan in the first half, Jack Grealish opens the scoring for Aston Villa against Birmingham! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/EiBedIL2U1> > — Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) > > March 10, 2019The 23-year-old celebrated by leaping into the away end to join the Villa supporters, where he lost a boot and received a yellow card for his efforts.As he left the field, the man celebrated to the Birmingham City fans and blew kisses to the supporters before being passed on to police.The incident drew a number of shocked and concerned messages from past and present footballers astonished at what they had seen.Manchester City and England midfielder Raheem Sterling wrote on Twitter: “Idiot of the year…congrats on your lifetime ban.”> Idiot of the year... congrats on your lifetime ban https://t.co/ocr8RBVzWZ> > — Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) > > March 10, 2019West Ham midfielder Declan Rice wrote on Twitter: “Absolutely disgraceful what just happened to Jack Grealish.”Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam said: “Twice in three days we’ve seen players attacked by supporters, what is going on? Football needs to stamp this out quickly. Only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt.”> Absolutely disgraceful what just happened to Jack Grealish😡> > — Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) > > March 10, 2019Cardiff City’s Harry Arter, on loan from Bournemouth, added: “Would love to see Grealish to score the winner!!”
Riesen-Eklat beim Birmingham-Derby in der englischen Championship: Im Spiel zwischen Birmingham City und Aston Villa rannte ein Fan in der 10. Minute auf das Spielfeld und attackierte Villa-Kapitän Jack Grealish von hinten.Der Mann, der eine Mütze trug, schlug Grealish von hinten gegen den Kopf, bevor er von Sicherheitskräften überwältigt werden konnte. Der 23 Jahre alte Villa-Kapitän ging zu Boden. Der Randalierer wurden anschließend an die Polizei übergeben und abgeführt. Der Mann warf, während er abgeführt wurde, Kusshände ins Publikum.Die Polizei von West Midland erklärte via Twitter, sie habe im Zuge der Attacke auf Grealish einen Mann festgenommen. Ob es sich um den Täter handelt, ist noch unklar.Grealish konnte trotz der Attacke weiterspielen.
Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish was punched in the face by a pitch invader during Sunday's English Championship (second-tier) derby match at Birmingham City.
Le jeune milieu de terrain d'Aston Villa Jack Grealish a été lâchement attaqué par un supporteur lors de la 36e journée de Championship.
Soccer Football - Championship - Birmingham City v Aston Villa - St Andrew's, Birmingham, Britain - March 10, 2019 Aston Villa's Jack Grealish sits on the floor as the fan that attacked him is restrained by a steward and Aston Villa's Glenn Whelan Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City v Aston Villa at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on March 10, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
A fan is held is held after attacking Aston Villa's Jack Grealish (left) Birmingham City v Aston Villa - Sky Bet Championship - St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium 10-03-2019 . (Photo by David Davies/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)
A fan is held is held after attacking Aston Villa's Jack Grealish (left) Birmingham City v Aston Villa - Sky Bet Championship - St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium 10-03-2019 . (Photo by David Davies/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)
A fan attacks Aston Villa's Jack Grealish on the pitch (right) during the Sky Bet Championship match at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium, Birmingham. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A fan is escorted off the pitch after striking Jack Grealish of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on March 10, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa is helped up by Lee Camp and Michael Morrison of Birmingham City after colliding with a pitch invader during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on March 10, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
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"It was the best month of my life. It was hard being away from my family but everything was good."

When questioned about his attack on Villa captain Grealish, he said: "I'm not prepared to discuss that. I'm not apologising for nothing."

Grealish went on to score the winner in March's Second City derby. (Credit: Getty Images)

Grealish was knocked to the ground by Mitchell's punch in the 10th minute of the match on March 10 before going on to score Villa's winning goal in the second half.

Mitchell hit with a lifetime ban by Birmingham City, as well as a 10-year ban from attending any football match.

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