Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was the victim of an assault by a Birmingham City fan in the second city derby last season, and some Villa fans have been responding to the confirmation of the club’s sanctions.
Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch at St Andrew’s and struck Grealish during March’s Championship derby between the sides and was consequently jailed for 14 weeks.
A commission has warned the Blues regarding the future conduct of their supporters alongside dishing out a £42,500 fine, and some Villa fans have been having their say on the news.
Check out some of the best reactions to Birmingham’s fine below.
Birmingham City have been fined £42,500 and warned about their future conduct following the incident on March 10th. [@FAspokesperson] #avfc
— villareport (@villareport) September 17, 2019
— AVFC (@Mxginn) September 17, 2019
Why has this taken so long?
— Christopher Barrows (@Chris__Barrows) September 17, 2019
Is that all? It isn’t as if this is the first time there has been trouble in this fixture at that ground!
— Paul Bailey (@jpangel73) September 17, 2019
So what we’re saying is that assaulting a player has a pretty small consequence in footballing terms.
This should have been used as an example.
— Craig Taylor-Broad (@craigtaylorb) September 17, 2019
But it’s now September ????. Should’ve took 15 points
— MarcStixDawson #AVFC ???? (@stix2895) September 17, 2019
That’ll teach them………nothing
— Mike ????️ (@GeekyGonzo) September 17, 2019
— Austin walmsley (@austinw1957) September 17, 2019
Seems wholly inadequate. Stadium closure at least or what do fans learn!!! Why do football authorities never take an opportunity to make a strong statement
— Andy Taplin (@tappo99) September 17, 2019