New post-mortem tests show Cameroonian footballer Albert Ebosse died in Algeria as a result of a beating rather than being hit by a projectile. The JS Kabylie striker died in August after his side lost a league match. The original findings in Algeria stated that the 24-year-old was killed by a sharp projectile thrown by fans. But analysis by a Cameroonian pathologist Andre Moune claims his death was the result of “brutal aggression” during a probable locker room attack.
Moune’s report said Ebosse had suffered upper body injuries that indicated “signs of struggle”. The official Algerian version holds that Ebosse died in hospital on 23 August from head injuries sustained as he left the pitch under a hail of objects thrown from the stands.
Algerian Sports Minister Mohamed Tahmi said at the time the death had been caused by him being struck by a piece of sharp slate. The incident led to the JS Kabylie club being banned from pan-African competitions for two years, and forced to play league matches behind closed doors
But results of Moune’s autopsy at the Ebosse family’s request have rejected the Algerian version of events. During the struggle, the report said, Ebosse received “a blow to the head” that caused “an indentation of the skull” that impacted his brain. Other signs of violence included “rupture of cervical vertebrae” and a shoulder wound. His findings have been sent to Algerian and Cameroonian authorities for further action. Tahmi has refused to comment on the autopsy results, deferring to final inquiries by Algerian justice authorities that are yet to be delivered.
Ebosse’s family said they had urged Cameroonian authorities and the Confederation of African Football, CAF to take action on the new evidence.
They also noted neither JS Kabylie, where Ebosse was the top scorer last season, nor the Algerian league had made good on promises after the tragedy to provide financial compensation to the family for their loss.