So it is left to the court of public opinion to hand down the more significant, lasting punishments for Paul Mitchell, 27, of Rubery, Worcestershire, as the courts have failed. The Birmingham City fan was yesterday jailed for only 14 weeks, probably serving seven, out by the end of next month, for assaulting Jack Grealish, the Aston Villa captain, in the derby match on Sunday.
Mlearned friends roll their eyes in a mixture of weariness and haughtiness when the word leniency is mentioned to them. They point out that for cases such as Mitchells, heard in a magistrates court, there is a maximum sentence of six months for such offences, and kindly take it up with the government, why dont you?
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