Sunday, August 24, 2014
FOOTBALLER DIES AFTER BEING STRUCKED ON THE HEAD BY AN OBJECT THROWN FROM THE STAND AT ALGERIAN LEAGUE
Cameroonian striker,Albert Ebosse has died after being hit in the head by an object thrown from the stands during an Algerian league game.
According to his club, club JS Kabylie, Ebosse was fatally struck by a projectile at the end of Kabylie's match with USM Alger in Tizi Ouzou.
The 24 year old was returning to the changing room after the match when he was strcuked on the head.
The Algerian interior ministry has ordered an investigation.
A statement published on Kabylie's website on Saturday read: 'The Ministry of Interior and Local Government, speaking through minister Tayeb Belaiz, has given an instruction to open an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Albert Ebosse.
'The JSK player succumbed to a head injury after being hit in the head at the end of the meeting with USM Alger.'
Ebosse had scored Kabylie's goal in a match that finished as a 2-1 home defeat to USM Alger.
Opponents USM Alger described the news of Ebosse's death as a "bombshell" and said it was "terrible" and "saddening".
It added: "In these painful circumstances, USM Alger and its members send their deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and to JS Kabylie. May Albert Ebosse rest in peace."
A special meeting of the Algerian league (LFP) has, also been convened for Monday morning and the stadium has been closed until further notice.
Meanwhile, The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have called for "exemplary sanctions" following the death of JS Kabylie striker Albert Ebosse.
CAF president Issa Hayatou reacted by calling for member associations to act strongly against fan violence and for the perpetrators of this incident to be dealt with in the strongest possible terms.
"My thoughts go out to the family and friends of this young man who enjoyed his job peacefully and went further to pursue his passion for football abroad," Hayatou said in a statement on Sunday.
"African football cannot be the breeding ground for hooliganism whatsoever. We expect exemplary sanctions to be taken against this grave act of violence. Violence has no place in African football in particular and sports in general.
"We remain resolute and state in the strongest terms our determination to eradicate all forms of violence and unsportsmanlike conduct in stadiums on the continent."