Watch video: Fan attacks player, forcing Swedish league match abandoned

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

By: AP | Jankoping | Updated: August 16, 2016 6:55 pm
Aly Keita, Aly Keita fan incident, Aly Keita swedish league, Fan attack Aly Keita, Aly Keita fan attack Aly Keita video, IFK Goteborg, football, sports, sports news Footage from the match showed Aly Keita running from his penalty area when he sees a fan pursuing him, then lying on the pitch about 30 meters from his goal after being struck. (Source: Reuters)

A masked fan ran on the pitch and attacked a player, forcing a Swedish top-tier league match 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 showed Keita running from his penalty area when he sees a fan pursuing him, then lying on the pitch about 30 meters from his goal after being struck. Keita was treated for a slight head injury.

Police arrested a 17-year-old man 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 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.

Watch: Goalkeeper Aly Keita Attacked by fan

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.

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