A FORMER football hooligan has promised to “have a chat” with the “vile” troll who mocked the dead brother of Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish.
Barrington Patterson, known as One Eyed Baz, has said the social media ghoul will be “sorted the right way” after tormenting Grealish over the death of his younger brother.
The troll, believed to be a teenager from the Midlands, has been widely condemned for tweeting about Grealish’s brother Keelan Daniel, who tragically died in his cot.
He shared the tweet after Grealish netted the winner in Aston Villa’s dramatic 1-0 win over local rivals Birmingham City at the St Andrew’s stadium.
In the distasteful post, the Birmingham City fan wrote: “He might’ve scored but it’ll never bring his dead brother back and that gives me more satisfaction than anything ever could.”
Twitter users called the troll the “lowest of the low” and “vile”, while another said it was an “embarrassing day for Birmingham City Football Club”.
Patterson, a former member of the infamous Blues’ Zulu hooligan firm, was among the critics to round on the troll, calling him a “disgrace”.
Having turned his back on violence, former kickboxer and mixed martial artist asked other Twitter users for the troll’s phone number so he could “get this sorted”.
In a tweet he wrote: “Tell you what, in a few days I’m going to come round your house, pick you up and we are going to have a chat about some old skool ways.
“Then you are coming out to do some homeless outreach graft and hopefully u will learn.”
“We are going to have a chat about some old skool ways”
In a later tweet Patterson, from Birmingham, said “the ball’s in your court kid”.
Other social media users praised Patterson’s approach to steer the troll on to the “right path”.
Updating his 16,000 Twitter followers late on Sunday, Patterson tweeted a thumbs-up emoji, saying he had now spoken to the young man and the pair would be meeting up.
The 53-year-old has helped run the Birmingham Homeless Support Team, collecting and donating clothing and other practical supplies directly to the city’s rough sleepers, since 2015.
Meanwhile, EastEnders star Shane Richie branded the troll a ‘f****** lowlife’.
The actor said: “You f****** lowlife ….hope whoever your mates are know you’re a complete & utter p****.”
In a statement issued after the game, West Midlands Police said it would be “reviewing complaints around offensive social media posts”.
In the 10th minute of the Championship game, Grealish had been attacked from behind by a Blues fan who ran on to the pitch.
Grealish was widely praised for his cool-headed response to the punch.
Police later said a 27-year-old man had been arrested and charged over that incident.
A steward was also spoken to by police in the aftermath of Grealish’s strike.
In all, four people were arrested on suspicion of assault or violent disorder during the fixture.