Saturday 21 October 2017

Swedish league match abandoned after pitch invader attacks goalkeeper

Ostersund's goalkeeper Aly Keita (C) remains on the ground after a masked soccer spectator (L) attacked him during a football match between Jonkoping Sodra and Ostersund in Jonkoping on August 15, 2016. / AFP / TT NEWS AGENCY / Mikael Fritzon / Sweden OUT (Photo credit should read MIKAEL FRITZON/AFP/Getty Images)
Ostersund's goalkeeper Aly Keita (C) remains on the ground after a masked soccer spectator (L) attacked him during a football match between Jonkoping Sodra and Ostersund in Jonkoping on August 15, 2016. / AFP / TT NEWS AGENCY / Mikael Fritzon / Sweden OUT (Photo credit should read MIKAEL FRITZON/AFP/Getty Images)

Press Association

A fan ran on the pitch and attacked a player during a Swedish top-tier league match, forcing the game to be abandoned.

Ostersunds goalkeeper Aly Keita was struck by a fan in the 90th minute of a game away to Jonkopings Sodra on Monday evening.

Footage from the match shows Keita running from his penalty area when he sees a fan pursuing him, then lying on the pitch about 30 metres from his goal after being struck.

Keita was treated for a slight head injury.

Police arrested a 17-year-old male from Sodertalje, near Stockholm, the Swedish football federation said in a statement.

Sweden's top referee, Jonas Eriksson, took the teams off the pitch and later abandoned the match.

The federation said it could award a 3-0 win to Ostersunds.

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