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Swedish match abandoned after player hit by pear

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Djurgarden plays its home matches at Stockholm's Olympic Stadium.

A Swedish league match between Djurgarden and Mjallby was abandoned Monday after a Mjallby player was hit by a pear.

Angry fans at Djurgarden's home stadium in Stockholm threw bottles, coins, fruit and other objects onto the pitch as Mjallby's players celebrated a goal in the 37th minute.

Television footage showed Mjallby defender Gbenga Arokoyo falling to the ground after an object hit him in the stomach. Swedish broadcaster SVT said it was a pear.

Arokoyo said after the game he was in pain but not seriously injured.

The referees decided to abandon the match after a meeting with police and representatives from both clubs. It wasn't immediately clear when and if the match would be resumed.

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