Sunday 21 January 2018

Masked fan attacks goalkeeper during Swedish league match

Ostersunds goalkeeper Aly Keita was struck by a fan
Ostersunds goalkeeper Aly Keita was struck by a fan

A masked 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 the 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.

A 17-year-old male from Sodertalje, near Stockholm, was arrested by police, 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 by default.

Earlier this season, a fireworks incident led to a 3-0 loss being awarded against IFK Goteborg when a home league match was stopped.

A firecracker thrown from the crowd exploded next to Malmo midfielder Tobias Sana, a former Goteborg player, as he warmed up on the sidelines. The game had been level at 0-0 in the 77th minute.

That match was abandoned, also by referee Eriksson, after a linesman who was also near the exploding firework was shocked by the incident.

AP

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