Cameroonian player dies in Algeria after being hit by object from crowd

Ebosse
Ebosse

A Cameroonian footballer, Albert Ebosse, 24, hit by an object thrown at him by a fan during a match in Algeria, has died. The player died at a hospital in Tizi Ouzou, East of the country’s capital, Algiers.

Ebosse, until his death played for JS Kabylie, and had scored in a 2-1 home defeat by USM Alger, before the attack on him. While the object that hit Ebosse had not been confirmed, the Algerian Interior Ministry has ordered an investigation into the incident. Unruly fans were vexed by the team’s loss in the encounter before they began to throw rocks at the players. JS Kabylie official statement said Ebosse “succumbed to a head injury” after being struck at the end of the match. Confederation of African Football’s, CAF, President, Issa Hayatou, said African football “cannot be the breeding ground for hooliganism.” Hayatou said he expected “exemplary sanctions to be taken against this grave act of violence.”

The Algerian Football League, LFP, has been convened a special meeting for next Monday, while the stadium where the fateful incident took place had been shut til further notice. The league’s president, Mahfoud Kerbadj, who also watched the game, described the incident as a catastrophe.
Ebosse was the leading scorer in the Algerian league in the 2013-14 season, with 17 goals.

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