A FOOTBALL fan was left with blood pouring down his face after Birmingham and Aston Villa fans squared off ahead of their heated derby.
We have seen a picture of what appears to be a fan squatting down on the floor surrounded by medics outside St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium.
Blood was seen running from the top of his head and down the right side of his face.
It is not known how he sustained his injuries.
Before the game, supporters were seen being held back by police who were using batons.
In one image, a fan makes a rude gesture with his hand as officers block the rival supporters.
West Midlands Police later said a total of four fans had been arrested for suspected assault or violent disorder.
During the game, a fan ran onto the pitch and attacked Villa captain Jack Grealish.
He was escorted off the pitch and was arrested in the incident that overshadowed today’s game.
The fan was wrestled to the ground by stewards and players.
The attack was widely condemned following the terrifying incident.
“What happened has no place in football or society. Jack is a Birmingham lad and regardless of club allegiance should not have been subjected to this – there are no excuses”
Birmingham said in a statement: “We deplore the behaviour of the individual who committed this act and rest assured he will be banned from St Andrew’s for life. The club will also support any further punishment this individual may face in the eyes of the law.
“The club will be working with the relevant authorities to investigate all the circumstances and we will be reviewing our stadium safety procedures.
“What happened has no place in football or society. Jack is a Birmingham lad and regardless of club allegiance should not have been subjected to this – there are no excuses.
“Again, we apologise to Jack and all at Aston Villa Football Club.”
And Grealish himself said of the attack: “I was just unaware at the time.
“I think we had a corner, I was walking into position and felt an arm come around my face from behind.
“There’s rivalry and stuff in football, but I don’t think there’s any place for that in football.
“I just tried to get on with my job really and I think I did. I’ve scored the winner and we’ve come away with the three points.”