Cameroonian soccer star dies after being struck by object thrown from stands


Cameroonian striker Albert Ebosse (in yellow) vies for the ball with Ibrahim Boudebouda of USM Alger. (EPA/STR)

Albert Ebosse, a star soccer player for Cameroon, died after being struck in the head by an object thrown from the stands.

Ebosse, a 24-year-old striker who was the leading scorer in the Algerian league last season, died in a hospital shortly after his team, JS Kabylie, lost to USM Alger in the Algerian football championship game in Tizi Ouzou. Ebosse, according to the team, was hit by a rock as fans began hurling objects as players headed to the locker room after the 2-1 loss in which Ebosse had scored Kabylie’s goal.

Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football, issued a statement condemning the action as “hooliganism.”

“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. “

The Algerian interior ministry indicated that an investigation is underway. Unauthenticated video of chaos in the locker room and Ebosse being taken to the hospital can be seen here.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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