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Player killed in Algerian league game

JS Kabylie striker Albert Ebosse was struck on the head by a stone after a 2-1 defeat to USM Alger and died on the way to the hospital.

A player was killed Saturday during an Algerian league match after being pelted with a stone thrown by a fan.

Albert Ebosse was struck on the head at the end of JS Kabylie’s 2-1 defeat to USM Alger in Tizi Ouzou as he walked toward the tunnel. The Cameroonian forward, who had scored his side's goal in the game, died on the way to the hospital.

"I'm depressed. It's real drama and I do not know if I'll get over it," Kabylie captain Ali Rial said. "He died in my arms. I still cannot believe we have lost him forever. He was a good man. God rest his soul."

Said teammate Djameleddine Benlamri: "I cannot find the words to express my grief, except that our stadiums are no longer safe for football. Worse, they have become cemeteries with the death of Ebosse. It is unthinkable that a player has died because of a defeat. This is a disaster and it is a shame for our country."

JSK released a statement after the player's death, confirming the incident will be investigated.

"The Ministry of Interior and Local Government, through minister Tayeb Belaiz, has given the instruction to open an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Albert Ebosse," the statement read. "The JSK player succumbed to a head injury after being hit in the head at the end of the meeting with USM Alger."

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