'You’re next' – Declan Rice targeted on Twitter after message of support to Jack Grealish

'You’re next' – Declan Rice targeted on Twitter after message of support to Jack Grealish

DECLAN RICE has been targeted for abuse online after tweeting a message of support for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.

Grealish was attacked by a spectator who ran onto the pitch during Aston Villa’s Championship match with Birmingham City on Sunday, March 10th.

The incident occurred in the 10th minute of the game when a man ran past stewards in the home section and struck Grealish in the face.


The man, later named by police as 27-year-old Paul Mitchell, blew kisses towards the crowd as he was led away from the pitch.

Rice was among those to tweet a message of support for Grealish.

"Absolutely disgraceful what just happened to Jack Grealish," he tweeted.

Mitchell is English and his attack has little to do with the fact Grealish pledged his future to England despite playing for Ireland at youth level.

Even so, some Twitter users were quick to hit out at Rice in the wake of the message of support.


“You and Jack are very similar both rats,” one wrote.

“You’re next,” another warned.

“Hopefully your next”, one added with another chiming in similarly with: “You’re next tan.”


“Just been reported the Lad was wearing an Ireland jersey under his Top,” one joked.


“Ye have a lot in common,” another said.

Many were keen to highlight the fact the attack on Grealish was unacceptable though.

“No place for that in our game, disgusting,” one tweet read with another stating that a “lifetime ban is needed”.


Rice has so far failed to respond to the abusive messages online.

Mitchell is due in court today (March 11th).