Jack Grealish was sucker-punched by a Birmingham City supporter who ran onto the pitch during the Second City Derby today.
The game was barely even ten minutes in when the so-called fan invaded the pitch area, made a beeline for the Aston Villa player and punched him in the side of the head.
Unsurprisingly a melee ensued as stewards ran onto the field to separate the attacker from the players and escort him away.
Birmingham fans cheered the guilty party off the pitch, while Jack Grealish remained remarkably calm given the circumstances.
West Midlands Police confirmed the man was later arrested, while viewers took to Twitter to express their disbelief and outrage at the incident.
Just saw the Jack Grealish incident. My heart sank. No words.
The cheering after by a small set of fans was just as sad.
The shit on the shoe of humanity.
— Andy Goldstein MBE (@andygoldstein05) March 10, 2019
There are actually morons out here defending the fuckwit who punched Grealish saying they don't get why he's been arrested for "merely a punch."
Seriously seek help you divs.
— Alex Rider⚪ (@_Deaghn) March 10, 2019
Fan attacking Grealish absolutely disgraced himself and club. Both teams are playing in the spirit of a derby but neither should have to experience what Jack just did. Senseless and could have been worse. I encourage everyone to reinforce this to the Youth.
— Darius Vassell (@vasselldotnet) March 10, 2019