Paul Mitchell pleads guilty to assaulting Aston Villa player Jack Grealish during derby with Birmingham City

Paul Mitchell Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)
  • Paul Mitchell has been jailed for 14 weeks for assaulting Aston Villa player Jack Grealish.

  • His solicitor told the court "He cannot explain what came over him"

  • He has also been ordered to pay £100 to Grealish in compensation.

27-year-old Paul Mitchell has been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison after he pleaded guilty to assaulting Aston Villa player Jack Grealish during their derby match against Birmingham City on Sunday.

He was also ordered to pay Grealish £100 for the pain, discomfort and shock caused by the assault.

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Mitchell was also told to pay £115 victim surcharge and £135 in prosecutioncosts - and given a fortnight to pay the total sum.

Paul Mitchell Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

Paul Mitchell, who was a season ticket holder from Rubery in Worcestershire, also admitted entering the pitch unlawfully.

Prosecutor Jonathan Purser told the court that Mr Grealish felt lasting pain after the incident but had suffered no substantial injury from a punch to the right side of his jaw.

In a statement read into the court record by Mr Purser, the Aston Villa captain said: "I cannot help but feel how lucky I was in this incident. It could have been so much worse had the supporter had some sort of weapon."

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Birmingham City has confirmed Mitchell has been given a lifetime ban from St Andrew's.

His solicitor, Vaughn Whistance, told the court: "He cannot explain what came over him yesterday morning. His initial foolish intention was to just go onto the pitch and whip up the crowd."

Earlier, Mitchell's lawyer said his family had had to leave their home due to threats following his arrest after the incident.

Making an application for the court to withhold Mitchell's home address, Mr Whistance, told the court: "There have been various comments posted on different social media. My client's young family have had to leave their home address to move to outside of Birmingham through fear that they would suffer serious harm or even death."

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish scored the winning goal in the second-half Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

Birmingham City Football Club has welcomed today's sentencing in a statement:

Security taking Paul Mitchell off the pitch Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

Aston Villa also issued a statement saying the club was "appalled" by the incident:

Jack Grealish recorded a video for Aston Villa giving his reaction to the events on the pitch.