Cameroonian player Albert Ebosse was playing a match in Algeria when fans started launching objects onto the pitch
The 24-year-old was taken to hospital but died after sustaining a head injury as he left the pitch.
The striker had scored for home side JS Kabylie, but could not prevent them losing 2-1 to rivals USM Alger. As the final whistle blew, disgruntled fans started to throw objects onto the pitch.
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.”
Opponents USM Alger described the events as ‘terrible’, and released the following statement:
“JS Kabylie’s Cameroonian striker has lost his life after being hit in the head by something launched from the stands
“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.”
The president of the Confederation of African Football, Issa Hayatou, issued a statement calling for ‘exemplary sanctions’ to be taken against hooliganism.
“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,” wrote Hayatou.
He added: “African football cannot be the breeding ground for hooliganism whatsoever. We expect exemplary sanctions to be taken against this grave act of violence.”
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