A Birmingham City fan has admitted attacking Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish on the pitch during the second city derby.
Paul Mitchell, of Cock Hill Lane, Rubery, Worcestershire, hit Grealish from behind about 10 minutes into Sunday’s game at St Andrew’s.
He admitted assault and encroachment on to the pitch, at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.
The 27-year-old is due to be sentenced at later today.
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Grealish was able to continue with the game and went on to score the winning goal in the 67th minute.
Birmingham City apologised to both Grealish and Villa immediately after the game and said Mitchell would be banned from St Andrew’s for life.
The club said there were “no excuses” for his behaviour and it was reviewing its stadium safety procedures.
West Midlands Police said it was also investigating “offensive social media posts” that appeared after the goal referencing the Villa midfielder’s younger brother, who died when Grealish was four.