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Footballer killed after being struck on the head by object thrown from crowd after match

A footballer has died after he was hit on the head by an object thrown from the crowd after a match.

Cameroonian forward Albert Ebosse was fatally struck by a projectile at the end of JS Kabylie's game against USM Alger in Algeria.

Ebosse - who was 24 - was declared dead after being taken to hospital in Tizi Ouzou, east of the capital Algiers.

The player had scored in the match, his club losing 2 - 1.

A statement from his club said the player had "succumbed to a head injury".

The president of the Confederation of African Football, Issa Hayatou, expressed his sadness and anger.

"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," he said in a statement.

"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."

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