Now, this is how you answer to adversity.
In the first half of a rivalry game between Aston Villa and Birmingham in the English Championship — Jack Grealish was suddenly and shockingly punched by a Birmingham fan who ran onto the field and attacked from behind like the coward he is.
Grealish’s teammates, Birmingham City players and security quickly surrounded the fan, before he ultimately got escorted off of the field and arrested for his heinous actions.
Grealish remained calm during the incident, but would ultimately get his revenge in the second half when he scored a left-footed goal to give Villa a 1-0 lead away from home.
After the game, Birmingham City issued a statement:
“Birmingham City Football Club would like to apologise to Jack Grealish and Aston Villa Football Club for an incident in this afternoon’s derby match.
“We deplore the behaviour of the individual who committed this act and rest assured he will be banned from St. Andrew’s for life. The Club will also support any further punishment this individual may face in the eyes of the law.
“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.
“Again, we apologise to Jack and all at Aston Villa Football Club.”