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Match suspended after keeper is attacked by masked fan

Monday's meeting between Jonköpings Sodra and Östersunds was postponed when a masked pitch invader raced onto the pitch and assaulted goalkeeper Aly Keita.


A First Division game in Sweden had to be abandoned on Monday evening after the goalkeeper for the visiting team was attacked by a pitch invader, local media reported.

The match between Jonköpings Sodra and Östersunds was approaching full-time when a masked black-clad supporter burst onto the pitch and assaulted away keeper Aly Keita.

Keita was chased and struck before players and security officials intervened and arrested the attacker. The keeper was seen clutching his head as he returned to the changing rooms where he was tended to by medics, with the referee stopping the game which had been heading towards a 1-1 draw.

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“Östersunds’ goalkeeper was hurt and treated by doctors. He's not fit to play again”, said match delegate Nicklas Bengtsson.

“Keita is shocked... he's not doing so well”, added Östersunds coach Graham Potter.

Asked about the attacker, Jonköpings manager Jimmy Thelin said the club “had no idea who he is and where he comes from”.

It's the second time a game in the Swedish top flight has been abandoned this season after a match between Gothenburg and Malmö on 27 April was halted when a firework exploded at the feet of a substitute who was warming up. Malmö were consequently awarded a 3-0 victory.


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