Aston Villa charged and another arrest as fallout from Second City derby continues
Blues and Villa charged
Villa won the game 1-0 thanks to Jack Grealish’s winner at St Andrew’s on an afternoon where he was punched in the face by a Blues supporter who has since been sent to jail.
Grealish was in the thick of the action throughout which started with a heavy Maikel Kieftenbeld challenge on the midfielder in the fifth minute.
The Blues man was booked and the foul sparked a brief confrontation between both sets of players which has now been picked up by the FA.
It was confirmed on Thursday morning that both clubs have been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.
It is alleged they failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the fifth minute of the fixture and both clubs have until Monday to respond.
Another arrest made
West Midlands Police have confirmed another arrest after Sunday’s messy Second City derby at St Andrew’s.
But the match was overshadowed by a number of unsavoury incidents, one of which saw Villa captain Grealish attacked by a Blues fan.
Paul Mitchell, 27, has since pleaded guilty to assault and invading the pitch and has been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison and ordered to pay Grealish £100 in compensation.
Blues have banned Mitchell from attending games at St Andrew’s for life, and they’ve also banned another supporter for posting sick messages in relation to Grealish’s late brother Keelan on social media.
The club has also confirmed it’s investigating an incident involving a steward which angered a number of Villa players in the immediate aftermath of Grealish’s 67th minute winner.
A full review of security and stewarding at St Andrew’s is also underway after one of the darkest days in recent Second City derby history.
And local police have confirmed another arrest following Sunday’s match via their designated Birmingham City Twitter account.
The force confirmed a 19-year-old man has been arrested for an offence under the Malicious Communications Act.
On Wednesday afternoon they tweeted: “(A) 19 year old male has been arrested for an offence under the Malicious Communications Act from an offence which took place on Sunday, further updates will follow.”
John McGinn insists Aston Villa need to stay humble after admitting that they got carried away with their previous run of good form.
Three wins on the spin has propelled the claret and blues back into the play-off picture after a previous run of just two wins in 15 games.
Reflecting on the form from earlier this season when Villa beat Derby, Blues and Middlesbrough, the Scot said: “After those games perhaps we started thinking subconsciously it is easier than it is.
“We are wary of that spell we had in the autumn when we maybe started getting a little carried away. It came back to bite us on the backside.
“We need to keep our feet on the ground. We have not achieved anything yet.
“We need to stay humble, keep working hard and get the success the fans are craving.”
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Gabby’s Keane taunt
Gabby Agbonlahor says Roy Keane is ‘all talk’ after his touchline spat with Aston Villa assistant coach John Terry.
Keane, who worked as Villa assistant boss alongside Paul Lambert for a short period in 2014, is now No.2 to Martin O’Neill at Nottingham Forest.
During Villa’s 3-1 win at Forest last night Terry and Keane were involved in a heated touchline exchange.
And Agbonlahor clearly prefers Villa’s current assistant manager to the one he worked under.
Terry posted a picture of himself and Keane going at it on the touchline and asked his 4.4million followers to caption it.
Agbonlahor duly commented: “You’re all talk Roy.”
The former Villa striker, who remains the club’s all-time leading Premier League scorer, was inundated with responses from disgruntled Forest fans defending Keane.
But that didn’t seem to bother Agbonlahor, and he later added: “Let me throw my fishing rod away. (A) few nibbles on here!”