Aston Villas fans have wrongfully suggested that Paul Mitchell, the man who attacked Jack Grealish during the Second City derby last month, has had his face slashed.
The incident came just nine minutes into the clash, when a hooligan in a flat cap threw a right-hook at unsuspecting player.
As stewards whisked the perpetrator off the field, he then blew a few kisses towards the fans in the stands like he thought he did the right thing. As can be seen in the video below…
The attack on Jack Grealish is awful. Eventually, someone is going to get seriously hurt. Why do we continue to have a problem with football hooliganism?
This would never happen at a rugby match. So why does it continue to happen at football matches? pic.twitter.com/mP81l4qLGO
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) 11 March 2019
It was claimed by a few social media users that the attacker bumped into an Aston Villa fan hours after he was released from prison and spoke to the press out his 14 week stint in the cells.
He said, as quoted by Birmingham Mail: “I’m out of prison. I was released on Monday.
“Of course, I’m glad to be out.
“It was the best month of my life.
“It was hard being away from my family but everything was good.”
When he was asked whether he regretted what he did to Grealish, he said: “I’m not prepared to discuss that. I’m not apologising for nothing.”
The attacker’s local pub is said to have told him he would not be welcome back there.
A member of staff commented: “Paul Mitchell used to drink here until just before it happened.
In the last 24 hours, Villa fans claimed a photo to be Paul Mitchell with a slashed face did the social media rounds. This is what everyone saw…
I cannot confirm if this is real or not. But Paul Mitchell apparently… pic.twitter.com/6yD7kQkR6a
— The Villa Decree (@TheVillaDecree) 16 April 2019
It is in fact someone from Scotland as can be seen in this WhatsApp message…
After seeing that graphic photo allegedly being Birmingham City ‘fan’ Paul Mitchell doing the rounds online, social media users took to give their reaction, with some stating speculated whether it was him or not – find out more of those tweets on the next page.
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