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SportAston Villa and Birmingham fined for derby fracas

22:20  18 march  2019
22:20  18 march  2019 Source:   goal.com

Birmingham City 0 Aston Villa 1: Grealish decides derby after fan attack

Birmingham City 0 Aston Villa 1: Grealish decides derby after fan attack Punched by a pitch invader early in the Second City derby, Jack Grealish later scored the winner for Aston Villa against Birmingham City.

Aston Villa and Birmingham City have each been fined £5,000 by the Football Association (FA) for their skirmish in the Second City derby at St Andrew's.

Aston Villa and Birmingham City have each been fined £5,000 by the Football Association (FA) for their skirmish in the Second City derby at St Andrew's. Players from both sides clashed following Birmingham midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld's challenge on Jack Grealish in the early stages of the

Aston Villa and Birmingham fined for derby fracas © Getty Images Maikel Kieftenbeld is surrounded after fouling Jack Grealish

Aston Villa and Birmingham City have each been fined £5,000 by the Football Association (FA) for their skirmish in the Second City derby at St Andrew's.

Players from both sides clashed following Birmingham midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld's challenge on Jack Grealish in the early stages of the Championship encounter.

The FA confirmed the punishment in a statement on Monday.

It read: "Both clubs accepted a charge and the standard penalty for failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the fifth minute."

Kieftenbeld was shown a yellow card for the tackle before a spectator ran onto the pitch and punched Villa captain Grealish.

Paul Mitchell, 27, pleaded guilty to assault and was jailed for 14 weeks.

Birmingham have until Friday to respond to an FA charge stemming from the attack on Grealish, who scored the only goal in the visitors' 1-0 victory.

Jack Grealish linked with West Ham move.
West Ham United have joined the race to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa this summer, according to a report from The Mirror. The Hammers are understood to have established an interest in recruiting the attacking midfielder, who has long been linked with a departure from Villa Park and a return to the Premier League. Grealish is an integral part of Dean Smith’s side, and the manager will be hoping that his efforts until the end of the season will help the team mount a serious push for promotion back to the top flight.

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