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Lengthy home match, fan bans handed down after player death in Algeria


The punishment was going to be severe after a player was killed by a fan-thrown object in JS Kabylie’s stadium, and today we know the severity.

JS Kabylie will not be allowed to play at its home stadium for the rest of the season, and fans will not be able to attend matches for a while as a result of the killing of one of their players: 24-year-old Cameroonian player Albert Ebosse.

The league’s leading scorer, Ebosse died from injuries caused by a “shower of stones” during USM Alger’s 2-1 win over JS Kabylie on Aug. 24. He was the lone goal scorer for his club.

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The league had indefinitely postponed matches after the incident. Now JS Kabylie fans won’t play at home through February and cannot travel to road matches until January.

From the BBC:

League football resumes in Algeria on Friday evening for the first time since Ebosse’s death with the third round of matches, with Kabylie playing on Saturday at USM Bel Abbes.

In a separate meeting, Algeria’s FA met with Professional Football League officials to discuss the increasing violence in stadiums.

"(Both bodies) decided by mutual agreement to intensify the fight against this scourge to eradicate it from our sports arenas,” the FA said in a statement.

“The Federal Bureau (of the FA) decided to increase sanctions for missile throwing, use of pyrotechnics and laser, as well as other disorder in stadiums,” the FA added.

The organisation also renewed its condolences to Ebosse’s family, Kabylie and Cameroon sport, while stressing its commitment to monitoring compensation for the late player’s family.

Short of disbanding the club, this is fairly harsh (relatively speaking), but nothing compared to the fact that any mention of the team or league will be coupled with the black eye of, “Isn’t that the league where a player was killed by his own fans?” for a long while.

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