Cameroonian Soccer Player Killed by Rock Thrown from the Stands
Cameroonian soccer player Albert Ebosse died on Saturday after being hit by an object thrown by a fan. He was 24.
Ebosse led Algeria’s Ligue Professionnelle 1 in scoring last season with 17 goals, leading his team, JS Kabylie, to a second place finish and a berth in the African Champions League. However, on Saturday JS Kabylie lost at home to USM Alger, 2-1, and after the game angry fans threw rocks at players as they walked off the field, one of which struck Ebosse in the head. He was taken to the hospital in Tizi Ouzou outside Algiers, where he was pronounced dead from a head injury.
Sadly, it was only a matter of time before a tragedy like this occurred. Soccer hooligans throw objects at players all the time. Now one of them has murdered a star player.
Obviously, this act was strongly condemned by the Confederation of African Football. President Issa Hayatou issued this 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. 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.
Of course, it is extremely unlikely that Ebosse’s murderer will be brought to justice. Even if authorities could round up all the fans who threw rocks at players—and they probably can’t—figuring out exactly which one threw the fatal rock would be next to impossible without some very credible witness’ testimony.
Pretty depressing stuff.