24 August 2014

Algeria/Cameroon: Tragedy in Algeria - CAF President Calls for 'Exemplary' Sanctions

Photo: Cafonline
Cameroonian football player Albert Ebosse.

CAF president Issa Hayatou has expressed sadness and anger at the death of JS Kabylie striker Albert Ebosse who died after he was hit by a projectile during the Algerian championship match between JSK and USM Alger on Saturday night August 23.

In expressing his message of condolence, Hayatou called for appropriate sanctions against perpetrators of the act stressing that African football cannot be a breeding ground for hooliganism or any form of violence.

"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," Hayatou said in a statement at CAF headquarters in Cairo.

He cautioned that "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. "

Albert Dominique Ebosse Bodjongo Dika, 25, the leading scorer of the Algeria championship in the 2013/14 season, died Saturday night at the hospital in Tizi Ouzou where he was rushed after he was hit by a 'missile'. He had scored his team's goal as JSK was defeated 2-1 by USM Alger.

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