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SBD Global/August 25, 2014/International Football

Cameroonian Footballer Dies In Algeria After Being Struck By Object Thrown From Crowd

Cameroonian footballer Albert Ebossé died "after being struck by an object thrown from the crowd at the end of a top-flight Algerian league game," according to Mark Cue of the SUNDAY TIMES. The Confederation of African Football has urged "exemplary sanctions" to be taken after the 24-year-old was "hit on the head" as he and his JS Kabylie teammates "left the field after their 2-1 defeat by USM Alger in Tizi Ouzou, east of Algiers." JS Kabylie later "confirmed that Ebossé, who scored his side’s goal, died in hospital" (SUNDAY TIMES, 8/24). REUTERS' Nick Said reported 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." Hayatou said in a statement, "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" (REUTERS, 8/24).
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