Jack Grealish attacker says ‘prison was best month of my life’ after his release

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It was one of the most shocking moments - if not *the* most shocking moment - of the season.

Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish was punched by a Birmingham City fan during last month’s Second City derby at St Andrew’s.

The supporter entered the pitch In the eighth minute of the match and struck Grealish from behind.

Grealish was floored by the punch and understandably looked shocked by what had just occurred.

However, to his credit, he played on and went on to score the game’s only goal in the second half.

The 23-year-old’s attacker, meanwhile, was taken into custody by police.

He was later named as Paul Mitchell, a 27-year-old who claimed he’d done it “as a joke”.

But his joke saw the father of one, whose partner is expecting another child, handed a 14-week prison sentence after 33 minutes of deliberation at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

He was also banned from attending any football match in the UK and was ordered to pay Grealish compensation of £100 as well as a victim surcharge of £150.

A statement on behalf of Grealish was read out in court by Jonathan Purser, prosecuting, who was quoted by the Mirror as saying: “Jack Grealish was shocked and scared because if this person was brazen enough to get on to the pitch, what else could he do?

"He didn’t know the person who assaulted him and didn’t antagonise Birmingham City supporters.

"It could have been worse had the person had a weapon."

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After serving just four weeks of his prison term, Mitchell has now been released.

He’s now spoken to the press and, curiously, has claimed it was ‘the best month’ of his life.

"I'm out of prison,” he was quoted as saying by the Mirror.

“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."

But when asked if he regrets his actions, he added: "I'm not prepared to discuss that. I'm not apologising for nothing."

Make of that what you will.

However, he will never be allowed to return to St Andrew’s to watch his team play live after being slapped with a lifetime ban.

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