Ostersunds goalkeeper Aly Keita attacked by pitch invader

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A top flight match in Sweden was thrown into disarray after a pitch invader ruthlessly attacked a goalkeeper.

The referee decided to abandon the game between Ostersunds and Jonkoping Sodra after Aly Keita was left in agony following the attack. The game was 1-1 at the time and was in its closing stages when the hooded fan breached security and confronted the Ostersunds star.

Keita required lengthy attention from the medical staff before being led off the pitch. It was only then the match officials decided to cancel the rest of the game.

He was left with no lasting damage after the attack but later told reporters he had been struck in the temple. "I am shocked and angry," he said. "It is awful that something like this could happen."

Ostersunds coach Graham Potter added that the 29-year-old was struggling to come to terms with the attack, saying: "Keita is shocked. He's not doing so well."

The attack

Television footage missed the exact moment the fan attacks Keita but the immediate aftermath, including one steward's impressive tackle on the invader, was captured. A goal-line camera appears to show the moment Keita realised he was in danger and tried to run away.

Players were the first to defend their team-mate but soon a large number of security staff were on hand to remove the offender.

You can see that footage in the embedded video below:

Police statement

Swedish police have since announced that a 19-year-old has been arrested.

"He is under arrest, we have informed the prosecutor of the arrest and interviews will be conducted with him about the suspected breaches of the law," Jonkoping police commander Peter Nordengard said.

Crowd trouble

It is the second time a match in Sweden's elite division has been abandoned this season because of fan trouble. A match between two of their biggest clubs, Gothenburg and Malmo, had to be called off in April after a firework exploded at the feet of a substitute, who had been warming up on the touchline.

The player involved, Tobias Sans, responded by launching the corner flag into the area where the firework came from.

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