Jack Grealish has said he was “lucky” his attacker was not carrying a weapon as the Birmingham fan who punched him was jailed for 14 weeks.
Paul Mitchell, 27, was also banned from all football stadiums for 10 years and ordered to pay the Aston Villa captain £100 after admitting the assault at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.
In a statement read into the court record by prosecutor Jonathan Purser, Grealish had said: “I cannot help but feel how lucky I was in this incident. It could have been so much worse had the supporter had some sort of weapon.”
Mitchell wore a CP Company-branded jacked during the attack which has a Z badge, which is similar to the Birmingham Zulus hooligan firm. However, his barrister said on Monday that he had no hooligan links.
The court earlier heard how Mitchell told police he was not drunk and carried out the assault – seen by a capacity crowd inside the ground – for a “joke”. It had since emerged his pregnant partner and two-year-old child had moved out of their home amid death threats after the attack.