Jack Grealish hit back to score against Birmingham after being PUNCHED by a Blues fan in the first half.
Aston Villa star Grealish was attacked after a fan leaped the advertising boards and evaded the stewards to hit the Villa skipper.
Villa were hoping to leapfrog their rivals in the Championship table, and took the lead midway through the second half.
The 23-year-old finished from the edge of the box with a low drive that beat Lee Camp in the Birmingham goal.
The incident will be a major talking point in English football after the fan managed to leap over the advertising board and onto the pitch before punching Grealish.
Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie was working as a pundit during the fixture, and gave a brutally honest assessment of the assault.
“This is absolutely embarrassing. I’m all for the rivalry, the banter, but that’s below the belt,” the ex-England international told Sky Sports.
“If you was a Birmingham City fan you’d be embarrassed to say that.
That’s the worst thing I’ve seen on a football pitch.
“What happened if it broke his jaw? If that would have happened, the game had got to be abandoned. If it’d broken his jaw, it’d have to be abandoned.
“For sure there’s got to be a fine. What do they do? They have to make a benchmark here.
“Do we see this in the English game? No we don’t. Something has to be done – and it has to be done today.”
“It’s an embarrassing thing to happen here. This spoils it for the rest of them.
There could even be a points deduction. Something has to be put in place to stop this ever happening.”