The Algerian police are investigating the death of Cameroon international footballer Albert Ebossé who sustained a fatal head injury from an object thrown from the stands by fans following his team’s defeat in a league game.
Striker Albert Ebossé sustained the fatal head injury after fans pelted players with stones as they left the pitch with media reports indicating he died from injuries sustained from a blow caused by rocks thrown by disgruntled fans
The 24-year-old striker who was signed to JS Kabylie died on Saturday night after the team’s fans pelted the players with stones as they left the pitch, according to Algerian media. Ebossé had scored his team’s only goal in the match which was won 2-1 by USM Alger in Tizi Ouzo and was the teams topcorer last season with 17 goals.
His club confirmed: “The JSK player succumbed to a head injury after being hit in the head at the end of the meeting with USM Alger.”
The footballer was declared dead after being rushed to hospital at Tizi Ouzo, 110 kilometres (68 miles) east of Algiers.
The president of the African Football Confederation, Issa Hayatou, called for “exemplary sanctions against such a grave act of violence”. He said “violence has no place in African football, or in sport in general. African football cannot become a terrain for hooliganism”.
Ebossé signed for JS Kabylie in July last year after spending a year with Malaysia’s Perak FA club. Previously, he played for the Cameroon teams Coton Sport FC, Unisport Bafang and Douala AC.