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Furious Algerian fans kill footballer on field

Angered by their team’s loss, fans of Algeria’s JS Kabylie threw an object at Albert Ebosse’s head, leading to his death

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Angry Algerian football fans have recklessly killed a Cameroonian striker after hurling a projectile on the player’s head during a domestic league game on Saturday.

Albert Ebosse, who plays for Algeria’s JS Kabylie, was declared dead after he was taken to a hospital in Tizi Ouzou, east of the capital.

A statement issued on the club’s website said Ebosse “succumbed to a head injury", but they did not confirm the exact cause of his death.

Ebosse scored the only goal for his team during Saturday’s game, which ended in 2-1 home defeat by USM Alger.

Maddened by the loss, the fans began hurling objects on their teams’ players as they returned to their changing rooms.

It remains unknown what object was thrown at Ebosse, however, media reports suggest that he was hit by a rock.

The incident triggered the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to call for “exemplary sanctions” on the incident’s perpetrators.

CAF president Issa Hayatou issued a statement saying: “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."

The Algerian interior ministry said it will investigate the incident.