The leading scorer in last year’s Algerian league has died after an object thrown from the stands hit him in the head.
The CAF confirmed that 24-year-old striker Albert Ebosse of JS Kabylie died at the hospital after he was struck in the waning moments of a match with USM Alger.
Kabylie had lost the match 2-1, but Ebosse was the man to pick up their goal. He was hit with the object towards the end of the game.
The club confirmed a police investigation would take place, and CAF president Issa Hayatou said “exemplary sanctions to be taken against this grave act of violence.” Hayatou added that they will take action because “African football cannot be the breeding ground for hooliganism whatsoever.”
The identity of the object was not officially released, but a story on the JS Kabylie team website suggests that a “shower of stones” from home fans came down on the opening of the player tunnel following the match, and that Ebosse was not specifically targeted.
Ebosse had previously played in Malaysia as well as his home country of Cameroon. He led the Algerian league last year with 19 goals, and had two in two matches to open the new campaign.
According to the team website, hundreds of supporters have gathered at the stadium to pay their respects,
The problem of objects thrown from stands is nothing new, but it rarely has this type of result. The most recent similar situation occurred when a teenage fan of Corinthians was killed by a flare during the celebration of a goal.
Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.
The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).
Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.
Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.
On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).
Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.
The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.
“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.
“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”
Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.