A spectator stormed the pitch during Birmingham City's 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at St Andrew's on Sunday, throwing punches at Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.
With just ten minutes on the clock during the match, a fan jumped the barricade and ran onto the pitch, attacking Grealish before being dragged from the pitch by security. Seemingly unfazed by the incident, Grealish went on to net the winning goal to give his side the last laugh.
News of the incident came from BBC Sport, who discussed the incident during their live commentary of the game.
They wrote: "
West Midlands police have confirmed that they have arrested the man following the incident.
ARREST: Following the incident on the pitch involving an attack on an Aston Villa player; a man has been arrested and en route to a custody block. Further details to follow. pic.twitter.com/fed9KrHBgl— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) March 10, 2019
The two sides are separated by just two miles in Birmingham, and the Second City Derby is always a fiercely contested affair. Both teams currently find themselves trailing the top six in the Championship, with the victory carrying the Villains up to ninth in the league table, one point ahead of Sunday's opponents.
In a post on their club website, Villa condemned the incident. They wrote: "
Birmingham issued a statement on the incident on their official website, writing:
"The Club will be working with the relevant authorities to investigate all the circumstances and we will be reviewing our stadium safety procedures.
"What happened has no place in football or society. Jack is a Birmingham lad and regardless of club allegiance should not have been subjected to this – there are no excuses."