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A local derby between two rival Turkish clubs was suspended after the goalkeeper was attacked by a fan with a corner flag.

The clash between Izmir rivals Goztepe and Altay descended into chaos after just 25 minutes when three fans, including two children, were injured during fan trouble in the stands.

Altay goalkeeper Ozan Evrim Ozenc left his penalty area to check on the situation as ambulances were called in for the wounded supporters at the Goztepe Gursel Aksel Stadyumu.

As reported by The Sun, that is when a pitch invader made his way from the other side of the field and attacked Ozenc — the away team keeper — from behind with the corner flag.

Shocking fan footage showed the yob whack the Turkish shot-stopper on the back of the head with brute force.

The fan hit the 29-year-old once more in the back as he was dropping to the ground in agony.

That is when Ozenc’s team-mates and security staff rushed to the scene and tackled the unruly invader to end his cowardly attack.

The match, which was goalless before the disturbance, was then swiftly abandoned.

According to BNN Breaking founder Gurbaksh Singh Chahal, Ozcen suffered a haemorrhage and had to be taken to hospital.

The keeper is conscious despite having a four-centimetre opening in his head.

The two rivals both compete in Turkey’s second division this season.

That is after Goztepe’s relegation from the Turkish Super Lig last term.

The Turkish club is owned by Southampton majority owners Sport Republic.

— This story originally appeared on and has been republished with permission

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