Sometimes the beautiful game can turn ugly.
This was the case for a match between Swedish sides Ostersunds and Jonkoping Sodra on Monday night, which had to be abandoned when Ostersunds goalkeeper Aly Keita was assaulted by a pitch invader.
Police quickly arrested the 17-year-old masked attacker, who reportedly ran onto the pitch and struck Keita on the temple before a security guard pulled him to the ground.
“I am shocked and angry. It is awful that something like this could happen.”
The assailant allegedly claimed to have left a bomb in the stands but police found nothing suspicious in the ground.
Referee Jonas Eriksson called the game off after 90 minutes with the score at 1-1.
Goalkeeper Keita said of the incident: “I am shocked and angry. It is awful that something like this could happen.”
Swedish football officials are currently trying to decide if the result should stand or if Ostersunds should be awarded a 3-0 victory based on Jonkoping Sodra’s failure to arrange a safe match.
Jonkoping police commander Peter Nordengard told reporters the attacked 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”.