An Arsenal supporter ran onto the pitch and clashed with Manchester United‘s Chris Smalling in the second incident of fan trouble today.
The man managed to get onto the turf at the Emirates Stadium as the home side celebrated its second goal when Pierre Emerick Aubameyang converted a penalty.
He ran past Smalling with his arms wide and appeared to smack the back of his neck before he headed towards other players.
Stewards quickly grabbed the invader, who was wearing a black hooded jacket, before escorting him off the pitch.
An Arsenal supporter ran onto the pitch and clashed with Manchester United’s Chris Smalling in the second incident of fan trouble today
Stewards quickly grabbed the invader before escorting him off the pitch
Gary Neville said on Sky Sports: ‘You see the fan coming on and going to Chris Smalling. An absolute numpty.
‘I said earlier on today they [fan] need to be punished for it. And Arsenal do for that as well.’
A Birmingham fan ran onto the pitch during the ninth minute of the game from the Tilton End and punched Grealish in the head from behind.
The 23-year-old fell to the floor but thankfully did not appear to be badly hurt. A steward, helped by both sets of players, then restrained the man.
The man managed to get onto the turf at the Emirates Stadium as the home side celebrated its second goal when Pierre Emerick Aubameyang converted a penalty
The invader ran onto the pitch and tried to run towards players as they celebrated a goal
Shortly after the incident Grealish scored what would end up being the match-winning goal and jumped over the hoardings to celebrate.
A steward restraining him appears to kick the Aston Villa captain and is later led away by police.
In the shocking incident the man sprinted onto the field in the ninth minute and struck Grealish with some force – to cheers from some supporters.
The intruder was quickly restrained by stewards as several other Villa players rushed in to confront him.
The Aston Villa bench were all on their feet to check on Grealish while Birmingham City players came over to apologise to the Villa captain.
Grealish later smashes home a goal in the second-half and leaps over the hoardings to celebrate with Villa fans.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has been assaulted by a man during the Birmingham derby
He struck the midfielder in the head with his right hand from behind, knocking Grealish over
But in doing so, he appears to be punched and kicked by a steward to get him back over the hoardings.
The end of the footage shows a steward being led away by a police officer.
After the game, the match-winner Grealish said: ‘I was just unaware of it at the time obviously I think we had a throw in in the corner, I was walking into position and I felt a whack around the side of the face.
‘Obviously there’s rivalry and stuff in football but I don’t think there’s any place for that really. But I just tried to get on with my job in the end and I think I did, scored the winner and we’ve come away with three points.’
Thankfully the 23-year-old did not appear to be badly hurt and the man was restrained
The man was led away by police and stewards, blowing kisses to the crowd on his way out
This is the third incident within a week in the United Kingdom where a fan has attacked a player on the a football field.
On Wednesday a Hibernian fan confronted Rangers captain James Tavernier during their Scottish Premiership clash at Easter Road.
The fan jumped over the hoardings and booted the ball away from Tavernier as the he was about to take a throw.
The pair then squared up and pushed each other before security and police dragged the man away.