Aston Villa fans astonished by Second City derby incident

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Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish was assaulted by a Birmingham City fan during the Second City derby in the Championship on Sunday.

Grealish, who recently returned from a shinbone injury, was targeted by a pitch invader in the opening stages of the first half.

The supporter, who managed to evade security, punched the England Under-21 international in the side of the head from behind.

He was escorted from the pitch and a tweet from West Midlands Police subsequently confirmed that an arrest had been made and that the perpetrator was en route to a “custody block”.

Supporters were baffled by the scenes, with the incident, so rarely seen in English football, decried as “disgraceful” by many.

Indeed, some Villa fans believe that a precedent should be set, with the guilty party sent to prison and handed a lifetime ban from attending any matches, while others claim that Birmingham should be punished too.

Take a look at the best of the reaction on Twitter below!