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Soccer star Albert Ebosse dies after hit by rock at Algerian game

Cameroonian Soccer Player Albert Ebosse Dies

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- A player died of a head injury after being hit by a rock apparently thrown by his own fans at a top-flight league game in Algeria and a police investigation will be opened into his death, the Confederation of African Football and the player's club said Sunday.

Albert Ebosse, a striker from Cameroon, died in the hospital Saturday night after being hit as players left the field following a 2-1 loss for his club, JS Kabylie. Ebosse had scored his side's equalizer from a penalty in Saturday's game before they went on to lose 2-1 at home to USM Alger in the northern city of Tizi Ouzou.

The 24-year-old Ebosse, the leading goal-scorer in the Algerian league last season, was apparently hit by the rock hurled from a section of JS Kabylie supporters angry at their team's loss. Ebosse was struck as players walked off after the game and fans began throwing rocks at them. He was taken to the hospital around 500 meters away from the stadium, where he died.

''We expect exemplary sanctions to be taken against this grave act of violence,'' Issa Hayatou, the president of the African confederation, said in a statement on Sunday.

Algeria's interior ministry ordered that a police investigation be opened into Ebosse's death, JS Kabylie said in a statement on the club's website.

Ebosse ''succumbed to a head injury,'' JS Kabylie said. There were no immediate reports of any other players being hurt.

The president of Algeria's professional league said he was present at the game but left minutes before the incident.

''I am still finding this tragic death hard to grasp because I was at the stadium just minutes before this tragic incident and Albert Ebosse was still running in all senses of the word before my eyes,'' Mahfoud Kerbadj said.

The Algeria Football Federation and the professional league both ordered emergency meetings over Ebosse's death. Officials from JS Kabylie and the match officials were summoned to a special meeting on Monday, league president Kerbadj said, and the stadium where the incident took place was closed until further notice.

Algeria Football Federation President Mohamed Raouraoua said he hoped that ''the perpetrators of this unspeakable act are severely punished.''

Ebosse joined Kabylie last year and became an immediate success, scoring 17 goals last season as his team finished second to USM Alger, the opponents on Sunday, in Algeria's top league. Algiers team USM Alger also offered its condolences.

''JS Kabylie's Cameroonian striker has lost his life after being hit in the head by something launched from the stands,'' USM Alger said. ''This terrible news is saddening for football in our nation and in Cameroon and arrives like a bombshell.''

Ebosse's body was transferred to a military hospital in preparation for it to be flown home to Cameroon, his club said.

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jgesselberty August 25 2014 at 8:53 AM

It amazes me how fans of any sport can sit on their collective butts and get mad at anyone who is doing the work, while they feed their faces.

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jbraidedbeauty1 August 25 2014 at 8:47 AM

They need to do something about these stupid fans and stop this throwing things at players,, the throw bananas at blk player ..how ignorant and stupid is that..you dont like the players.. stay your a$$ away from the games.. now someone is dead because of a stuoid ignorant pathetic worthless moron!

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jgesselberty August 25 2014 at 8:52 AM

Vote for your team with your dollars. If they disappoint you, don't go to the game. I hope they catch the person and try them for murder.

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Dee jgesselberty August 25 2014 at 10:35 AM

Absolutely. This was no accident. I'm certain the rock wasn't intended to kill anyone, but it was illegal to be throwing anything with the intent to harm. Therefore it is murder for sure! I hope they catch the person and I hope that many fans all around the globe will learn from this and keep their pathetic anger under control.

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spdy65 August 25 2014 at 8:58 AM

Why do people get so worked up over a stupid game? If your life is so pathetic that being so passionate over something so silly is a priority in your life then quite simply-you don't have a life. Fights, riots, stampeding, these are normal happenings at soccer games in third world countries. These "people" will not evolve.

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vivianlwood August 25 2014 at 8:59 AM

Plenty of people must have seen who threw that rock. He should be arrested for murder.

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roseyoungstewart vivianlwood August 25 2014 at 9:39 AM

it was not one rock.. many had rocks then threw their rocks at each other in the stands (opposing teaMS FAns). they must be in a place with rocky stands.

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littiechief roseyoungstewart August 25 2014 at 11:02 PM

Or maybe they bring them in with them? If so that's one way to help protect the players---forbid rocks. Glass bottles can be just as bad, or even worse, so if those are allowed they should see about changes there. Better yet, just put up chicken wire between the stands and the field.

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naked_coach August 25 2014 at 9:55 AM

Well, I guess a move for the regulation of rocks is in order now. ROCK CONTROL NOW........ The madness must end.....

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virtualblair August 25 2014 at 9:01 AM

Tragic - senseless - Sad! ...

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leslie August 25 2014 at 9:36 AM

Looks like we are not the only ones with the crazy azz natives.

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Mandoist August 25 2014 at 9:04 AM

The soccer / futbol mentality is one of the most violent in sports. Granted, the violent/hooligan segment is a minority -- but sadly it is an ever-growing minority.

No solutions in mind, just wondering why such a mentality in general?

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michaelnel4449 August 25 2014 at 11:01 AM

Idiots are not exclusive to the USA...

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