Algerian club banned from home games during Ebosse death probe

Albert Ebosse was killed by a sharp object thrown from the crowd after converting this penalty for JS Kabylie during the clash with USM Alger.

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Algerian club JS Kabylie have been banned from playing at their home stadium while investigations into the death of their player Albert Ebosse take place, the Confederation of African Football has announced.

Ebosse died after being hit by an object thrown from the stands at the end of JS Kabylie’s 2-1 league defeat to USM Alger at the 1 November 1954 Stadium in Tizi Ouzou on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Cameroonian had earlier netted Kabylie’s equaliser from the penalty spot before USM Alger went on to score a late winner.

CAF said in a statement on Tuesday that Ebosse had died of "a trauma caused after being hit by a sharp object leading to internal bleeding", while also confirming the first sanction against JS Kabylie, with the possibility of more to follow.

The statement on read: "The Algerian Ligue Professionnelle (LFP) and the disciplinary committee of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) convened a meeting on Monday (25 August 2014) attended by officials of JS Kabylie, USM Alger and match officials who handled the league clash that led to the death of Cameroonian striker, Albert Ebosse.

"After deliberations, the disciplinary committee ruled on the first of a series of measures against JS Kabylie, in its capacity as hosts of the match held on Saturday (23 August 2014) at the 1 November 1954 Stadium in Tizi Ouzou.

"The committee decided that the club will play their championship games outside the Tizi Ouzou province whilst the 1 November 1954 Stadium remains closed until the outcome of investigations.

"These are the first sanctions, pending the outcome of various investigations. FAF and the LFP will study the case in the coming days for sanctions whether nationally or internationally since JS Kabylie, after placing second in the league last season have qualified for the CAF Champions League."