Football in Algeria suspended after player death

The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) has suspended all domestic football in the country after JS Kabylie player Albert Ebosse died after being hit in the head by an object thrown from the stands during a top division game on Saturday.

The Cameroon forward, 24, was declared dead after he was rushed to a hospital at Tizi Ouzou, east of the capital Algiers, where the Ligue Professionnelle 1 match between JS Kabylie and USM Alger took place. Ebosse had scored Kabylie’s only goal of the game, which the home team lost 2-1.

The FAF has said all professional and amateur league games scheduled across the country for the weekend of August 29-30 are suspended and postponed until a later date as a tribute to Ebosse. The federation added the decision has been made to “protest the irresponsible actions of some fanatics and hooligans that perpetuate violence in stadiums,” adding hooliganism has reached “unacceptable proportions.”

FAF, the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle (LFP) and JS Kabylie have also decided to grant compensation in the amount of $100,000 (€75,000) to the family of the deceased. Furthermore, it was decided by mutual agreement with JS Kabylie that the deceased player’s salary will be paid to his family through to the expiration of his contract.

The FAF added that it will examine sanctions to be imposed against JS Kabylie in its capacity as host club.