The Birmingham system of Justice has passed judgement and issued a sentence to Daniel Mitchell — who plead guilty to assault and invading the pitch earlier on Monday.
- Mitchell will be jailed for 14 weeks. The max sentence was six months. Depending
- He must pay a victim surcharge of £150.
- Mitchell must pay £100 compensation to Jack Grealish and £135 in prosecution costs.
- Mitchell is banned from attending any football match in UK for 10 years.
- Birmingham City says they have banned Mitchell for life.
Magistrate Alison Fisher said during the hearing
“We have listened carefully what was said in court today. This was an unprovoked assault on a footballer doing his job in front of 23,000 spectators and thousands watching on TV, including families. We note that you have taken responsibility for your actions. However, this type of behaviour is totally unacceptable. The sentence must act as a punishment and a deterrent to others in order to send a message to the public and fans and players like Mr Grealish who should be protected at all times. We have taken into account mitigation and family circumstances, however, we feel your actions deserve a prison term, one for 14 weeks.”
Birmingham City released a statement after the sentencing.
BIRMINGHAM CITY FOOTBALL CLUB WELCOMES THE SENTENCE HANDED DOWN TO PAUL MITCHELL BY BIRMINGHAM MAGISTRATES TODAY.
What he did was unacceptable and has no place in football.
The Club can confirm that Mr Mitchell is banned from our home ground, the St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, for life. And nor will he have access to purchase tickets for away games involving Birmingham City Football Club, or have tickets purchased on his behalf.
The Club has also banned another supporter for life for a series of vile and malicious Tweets on social media, relating to Jack Grealish and his family.
The individual in question remains the subject of an ongoing investigation by West Midlands Police.
Birmingham City FC rejects all forms of anti-social behaviour. We will not tolerate the kind of incidents we have seen during and since Sunday’s derby fixture against Aston Villa Football Club.
Any further comment from the Club on other issues will be released in due course.
The other supporter appears to be man on twitter who took some nasty shots at the Grealish family. I’m not posting it here. Not worth sharing. You can find it on your own if you would like.
Read more about the plea.
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