Cameroon striker, Albert Ebosse, has died after being hit on the head by an object thrown from the stands during an Algerian league game on Sunday.
Ebosse, the leading goal-scorer of the Algerian league with 17 goals, was fatally struck by a projectile at the end of his side’s game as confirmed by JS Kabylie today.
"The JSK player succumbed to a head injury after being hit in the head at the end of the meeting with USM Alger,” read a statement published on the club’s website.
Ebosse had scored Kabylie's only goal in a match that finished as a 2-1 home defeat to USM Alger and was hit when spectators started throwing objects from the stands as the team left the pitch.
Reacting to the news of Ebosse's death, USM Alger published a statement on their official club website.
It read: "JS Kabylie's Cameroonian striker has lost his life after being hit in the head by something launched from the stands.
"This terrible news is saddening for football in our nation and in Cameroon and arrives like a bombshell just hours after the meeting with USM Alger which was played in Tizi Ouzou.
"In these painful circumstances, USM Alger and its members send their deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and to JS Kabylie. May Albert Ebosse rest in peace."
The president of the Confederation of African Football, Issa Hayatou, issued a statement condemning the 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," wrote Hayatou.
He added: "African football cannot be the breeding ground for hooliganism whatsoever. We expect exemplary sanctions to be taken against this grave act of violence."
The Algerian Football Federation has suspended football indefinitely following the death of Ebosse and called for an emergency meeting on Monday.
Soccer Laduma sends our condolences to Albert Ebosse’s family and are deeply saddened by this act of violence.