Jack Grealish punched by pitch invader in shocking derby incident

'Karma at its best!': English footballer attacked by fan on pitch, then scores derby winner (VIDEO)

Villa's Jack Grealish was attacked from behind by a fan who ran onto the pitch and sucker punched the talented midfielder. "Further details to follow".

In one image, a fan makes a rude gesture with his hand as officers block the rival supporters.

Grealish appeared to be struck on the neck and jaw but showed few ill effects as he later went on to score the victor.

"What happened has no place in football or society" the statement read. "Obviously there's rivalry and stuff in football but I don't think there's any place for that".

Birmingham City issued a formal apology for the fan's behavior and promised to ban him from St. Andrew's Stadium for life.

Grealish appeared unhurt and was comforted by team-mates and opponents, later scoring the victor as Villa triumphed 1-0 at St Andrew's.

"Because in the future if any fan thinks they can just get a five-match ban or a season ban".

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa
GettyJack Grealish of Aston Villa celebrates at full-time

West Midlands Police confirmed a steward was also spoken to in the aftermath of Grealish's goal but that "no offence has been reported at this stage".

The midfielder was Villa captain for the day and was diplomatic in his own response as he preferred to concentrate on his winning strike.

The competition organizer said it "condemns the mindless actions" of the man who attacked Grealish.

"An attack on a player is completely unacceptable and outrageous", match commander, superintendent Nick Rowe said of the initial incident. Jack is a Birmingham lad and regardless of club allegiance should not have been subjected to this.

Grealish was able to get up and play on - and in the second half, he was able to dish out some poetic justice by firing home the victor from 15 yards.

"We trust the perpetrator will feel the full force of the law and the authorities investigate the circumstances surrounding today's deplorable incident".

Birmingham manager Garry Monk labelled it a "disgusting act and an individual whose behaviour in no way represents these fans or the values of this club and the football family as a whole". "That is literally the worst thing I have seen on a football pitch".

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