RIP Albert Ebossé

24 Aug

Albert-EbosseI was shocked to hear about the death of Cameroon and JS Kabylie striker Albert Ebossé last night. Ebossé was struck in the head by an object thrown from the stands at the end of the JS Kabylie vs USM Alger game on Saturday. He was rushed to the hospital but he passed away from the injury shortly after.

To recap: an object thrown from the stands caused a player to sustain a non-recoverable head injury.

An Algerian newspaper has reported it was angry JS Kabylie fans who were throwing rocks at the players. They were angry because the team lost the game 2-1. It was Ebossé who scored the lone goal for his club and those “fans”.

The Algerian league (LFP) has called for a special meeting Monday morning to discuss actions. The Algerian interior ministry has confirmed they will be launching an investigation. The team’s stadium has been closed until further notice.

Screen-Shot-2014-08-24-at-105745Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou issued the following statement today:

My thoughts go out to the family and friends of this young man who enjoyed his job peacefully and went further to pursue his passion for football abroad.

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.

Ebossé was the leading scorer in the Algerian league in the 2013-14 season, with 17 goals. He also had been capped internationally with the Cameroon U-20 national team.

This is beyond heartbreaking. Many of us worried something like this was going to happen if the issue of increasing fan violence towards players (verbal and physical) was not systematically addressed in football. And now it tragically has, claiming a young, talented player via a senseless violent act.

May you rest in peace Albert.


9 Responses to “RIP Albert Ebossé”

  1. headbandsandheartbreak August 24, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    He was a kid. A 24 year old kid. He would have been 25 in October. Murdered by people who would have called themselves his ‘fans.’ I’d call them fucking monsters. It’s a GAME. A DAMN GAME. Nothing, absolutely nothing about this sport should be life or death. NOTHING. If this doesn’t spur FIFA and all the other powers that be to get more strict in dealing with issues of violence from fans and institute a no tolerance policy, what the hell will? This was so senseless and heartbreaking. He even scored for them and they killed him. Because their team lost a match. JFC. I just cannot even. RIP Albert, I am so, so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  2. Forzasusan August 24, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    Absolutely heartbreaking

  3. mygypsyspirit August 24, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    I read this and it sickened me. It’s, like Forzasusan said, heartbreaking.

  4. jellyace August 25, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    This is horrible and heartbreaking, especially for his friends, and family, and team. How do the fans in the stands even get a hold of rocks? Did they bring them into the stadium?

    • Anonymous August 25, 2014 at 11:41 am #

      Depending on the stadium surroundings in Algers they could have picked them up outside before or after the game. I don’t want to even think that these fans took rocks into the stadium. That they premediated an assault of some kind before the game even started.

      • hopechaser August 25, 2014 at 11:41 am #

        Oops, that was me!

      • jellyace August 25, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

        It would have been negligence on the part of the stadium for having rocks lying around, negligence of stadium security for allowing rocks to be brought in, and pre-meditation of the fans if they brought rocks in with them. This is making me dizzy!

  5. Natalie August 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    It is only a football game, people do not need to die over it!!!


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