Football urged to protect players after fan punches Aston Villas Jack Grealish

Football faces urgent calls to protect players after Aston Villas captain, Jack Grealish, was attacked by a spectator in his sides derby win at Birmingham Football is facing urgent calls to improve player safety after the Aston Villa captain, Jack Grealish, was assaulted on the pitch by a spectator in the latest among a rash of troubling crowd-related incidents in recent weeks. Grealish was punched from behind by a pitch invader, ostensibly a Birmingham City fan, in the ninth minute of the Championship derby at St Andrews. The assailant was arrested and Grealish, who was uninjured, gathered himself to score the only goal of the game after half-time. But the matter is unlikely to end there, with Birminghams role in …