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Swedish match abandoned as fan attacks goalkeeper

A game in Sweden's top division, Allsvenskan, was abandoned on Monday after the goalkeeper for the visiting team was attacked by a pitch invader, local media reported.

Swedish match abandoned as fan attacks goalkeeper

The match between Jönköpings Södra and Östersund 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.

“The Östersund 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 Östersund coach Graham Potter.

Asked about the attacker, Jönköping 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 April 27th 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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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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