Jack Grealish attack: Birmingham City charged by FA with failing to control spectators

Paul Mitchell led away after attack on Jack Grealish at St Andrew's
Paul Mitchell (left) ran on to the pitch and attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish

Birmingham City have been charged by the Football Association with failing to control their spectators after a fan attacked Jack Grealish during the Second city derby against Aston Villa.

Supporter Paul Mitchell invaded the pitch in the 10th minute of Sunday's Championship fixture and struck the Villa captain from behind.

Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on Monday after admitting assault and encroachment on to the pitch.

Blues have until 22 March to respond.

Mitchell's attack came after both sets of players had been involved in a melee when Blues midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld fouled Grealish in the fifth minute of the game.

"It is alleged the club failed to ensure that its spectator[s] conducted themselves in an orderly fashion; refrained from improper or violent conduct and refrained from encroaching onto the pitch during the EFL Championship fixture against Aston Villa on Sunday," an FA spokesperson said.

The FA has also charged both clubs with failing to control their players, giving them until Monday to respond.

Extra security measures were put in place by Birmingham during Wednesday's Championship fixture against Millwall.

Arsenal were charged with the same offence on Thursday after a spectator ran on the pitch and confronted Manchester United defender Chris Smalling during Sunday's Premier League game between the two sides.

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