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Fans arrested after troubling incidents as players are attacked

Two fans were arrested for separate pitch invasions on Sunday, as Aston Villa's Jack Grealish was punched while Manchester United's Chris Smalling appeared to be pushed. The nasty scenes are likely to kick a widespread discussion about safety at grounds everywhere, especially if they came on the back of similar recent incidents in Scotland. Grealish went on to hail it the best day of his life, recovering from being punched by a Birmingham to scoring the winner in the Second City derby. 😡 – "An absolute disgrace!" A fan has run onto the field and attacked Jack Grealish from behind. pic.twitter.com/PI1Wf3qXfP – Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 10, 2019 Smalling has yet to comment, but Arsenal moved swiftly to confirm a man had been arrested for appearing to the England defender in the wake of the home second goal in a 2-0 win at the Emirates. The Metropolitan Police added: "A man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault and pitch invasion following An incident during the Arsenal of Man Utd game at the Emirates Stadium today. He is currently in a custody at a north London police station. ” Arsenal are likely to invoke a lifetime ban on the culprit, something Birmingham have also pledged to do after the sickening lunchtime scenes. 😠 -" You absolute numpty . " Amid the celebrations of @Arsenal 's second goal, a fan has made his way onto the pitch and approaches Chris Smalling before heading to the Arsenal players! pic.twitter.com/rg4N78uwoq –…

Two fans were arrested for separate pitch invasions on Sunday, as Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was punched while Manchester United’s Chris Smalling appeared to be pushed.

The nasty scenes are likely to kick a widespread discussion about safety at grounds everywhere, especially if they came on the back of similar recent incidents in Scotland.

Grealish went on to hail it the best day of his life, recovering from being punched by a Birmingham to scoring the winner in the Second City derby.

Grealish was hit on the side of the head by a spectator in a flat cap who ran on to the field less than 10 minutes into the match before throwing a punch from behind the midfielder as he stood in the Birmingham penalty area.

The intruder was quickly restrained by stewards as several other players were rushed to confront Him. He was led away by police, blowing kisses to the crowd as he left.

West Midlands police confirmed a 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of encroachment on the pitch and assault and remained in custody for questioning. 19659002] Grealish thankfully appeared unhurt and was comforted by team mates and opponents. He told Sky Sports Football: “Best day of my life” He went to the only goal with a low, half shot in the second half, leaping jubilantly in the villa supporters to celebrate and earning himself a yellow card.

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 Jack Grealish celebrates scoring the winner Jack Grealish celebrates scoring the winner for Aston Villa against Birmingham (Nick Potts / PA)

Regarding the incident with the spectator, he added: .

“I really think there’s a lot of stuff in football, but I don’t think there’s really any place for that really.” The winner was unbelievable. His team-mate Conor Hourihane branded the attack “absolutely disgusting,” adding: “Full credit to (Gregory), he showed his class, got the winner and had the last laugh and it’s a fantastic three points for us. ”

Villa said they were” appalled “by the” disgraceful attack “and called on the culprit to feel” the full force of the law “. 19659025] Jack Grealish was punched by a spectator who ran into the pitch less than 10 minutes into the match ” data-title=”Birmingham City v Aston Villa – Sky Bet Championship – St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium” data-copyright-holder=”Press Association Images” data-copyright-notice=”Press Association Images” data-credit=”Sky Sports” data-usage-terms=”HANDOUT PHOTO NO SALES PICTURE DESK USE ONLY” srcset=”https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/aec3d57a34a309e21887475f2d6b0c2fY29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNTUyMzE3NTky/2.41687528.jpg?w=320 320w, https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/aec3d57a34a309e21887475f2d6b0c2fY29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNTUyMzE3NTky/2.41687528.jpg?w=640 640w, https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/aec3d57a34a309e21887475f2d6b0c2fY29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNTUyMzE3NTky/2.41687528.jpg?w=1280 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 767px) 89vw, (max-width: 1000px) 54vw, (max-width: 1071px) 543px, 580px”/> Jack Grealish was punched by a spectator who ran on to the pitch less than 10 minutes into the match (Sky Sports / PA )

A club statement read: “A red line has been crossed by this cowardly on-field assault on a player, which is unprecedented in English football.

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

“Local rivalries are part of the fabric of the game. However, we are sure our friends at Birmingham City would agree, to have a player’s personal safety placed under such a jeopardy is a serious cause for concern for the entire football community. would make a review of their safety procedures.

A statement read: “We deplore the behavior of the individual who committed this act and rest assured he will be banned from St Andrew’s for life. The club will also support any further punishment this individual may face in the eyes of the law.

“The club will be working with the relevant authorities to investigate all the circumstances and we will be reviewing our stage safety procedures.

“What happened has no place in football or society. Jack is in Birmingham and has not been subjected to this – there are no excuses.

“We apologize to Jack and all at Aston Villa Football Club.”

The English Football League and Football Association also condemned the attack. The Premier League has been contacted for comment on the Smalling incident.

the pitch virtually unchallenged and assault a player.

The PFA added in a statement it was concerned about “this type of behavior coming back into the game”, adding: “Incidents like this demonstrate certain problems have not been eradicated and that players can be particularly vulnerable. ”

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