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Volume 6 No. 216

International Football

An Algerian football club "has been banned from using its home stadium and could be thrown out of national and international competitions after one of its players was hit and killed by an object thrown by fans," according to the AP. The Confederation of African Football on Tuesday "backed a decision by Algerian authorities to stop JS Kabylie from playing at November 1 Stadium in the northern city of Tizi Ouzou, where Kabylie striker Albert Ebosse, a Cameroonian, was fatally hit at a game on Saturday." CAF, the Algeria Football Federation and the Algerian professional league said that "it was only the first sanction for Kabylie and more would follow." FIFA President Sepp Blatter called for "exemplary punishments." Blatter: "It is intolerable that a spectator caused the death of a player" (AP, 8/26).

Ghana "will submit a bid" to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations football tournament after Libya dropped out because of rising insecurity in the North African nation, according to Ekow Dontoh of BLOOMBERG. Minister of Sports Mahama Ayariga said that Ghana "will use existing stadiums" and will not need to build any new facilities. Ayariga said, "We have the infrastructure to host it. This will generate a lot of economic activity in the country." Libya told the Confederation of African Football last week that "it could not host the tournament in 2017 because of the deteriorating security." Ghana "is West Africa’s largest economy after Nigeria" (BLOOMBERG, 8/26).

Ivory Coast's football federation said that it will not be allowed to host its African Nations Cup qualifier next week against Sierra Leone in Abidjan "because of fears over the Ebola virus." The Ivory Coast government "has told the football federation it will not allow the match to take place because all travel between the two countries has been banned" (REUTERS, 8/26). ... Argentine FA Secretary General Miguel Angel Silva confirmed that three first division games scheduled for Thursday have been suspended due to a "nationwide strike called by" Argentine trade union CGT (TELAM, 8/25).