R.I.P.: Algerian League Soccer Player Dies After Head Injury from Thrown Object [Details]
Cameroonian soccer player Albert Ebosse has died after an object thrown from the stands struck him in the head in his club JS Kabylie’s match against USM Alger.
The Confederation of African Football confirmed that Ebosse, 24, died in the hospital on Saturday night. Kabylie said a police investigation would be opened.
Ebosse had scored Kayblie’s lone goal in their 2-1 loss to Alger. He was hit with the object towards the end of the game. The identity of the object hasn’t been determined yet, but a story on Kabylie’s team website suggests that a “shower of stones” from home fans came down on the opening of the player tunnel following the match.
Ebosse was the leading scorer in the Algerian league last year with 19 goals. He has previously played in Malaysia and in his home country of Cameroon.
CAF president Issa Hayatou said “exemplary sanctions to be taken against this grave act of violence.” Hayatou also said that they will take action because “African football cannot be the breeding ground for hooliganism whatsoever.”
The problem of objects being thrown from the stands is nothing new, so hopefully something can be done to fix this issue within professional soccer.
Source: NBC Sports