Aug 17, 2016

    Masked man attacks Swedish goalie


    A FIRST-DIVISION game in Sweden was abandoned on Monday after the goalkeeper for the visiting team was attacked by a pitch invader, the local media reported.

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

    The latter 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.

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

    It is the second time a game in the Swedish top flight has been abandoned this season after a match between Gothenburg and Malmo on April 27 was halted. Then, a firework exploded at the feet of a substitute who was warming up.