Caf president calls for 'exemplary sanctions' after Ebosse death

Issa Hayatou has condemned the perpertrators and says African football will remain defiant against violence and hooliganism after the player was killed by a projectile
President of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Issa Hayatou has called for "exemplary sanctions" to be taken after JS Kabylie striker Albert Ebosse was killed by a missile thrown from the crowd on Saturday.

Ebosse was struck by a stone after leaving the field at the end of his side's 2-1 defeat to USM Alger - in which he scored - before being rushed to hospital in Tizi Ouzou, where he later died.

Hayatou has condemned the perpetrators and called for African football to retain a zero tolerance policy towards violence and hooliganism in its sporting arenas.

"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," Hayatou said in a statement at the CAF headquarters in Cairo.

"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 sport 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. "

Ebosse, who was 24, was the leading scorer in the latest Algerian championship.

The forward, who won six senior caps for cameroon in his career, had previously played for hometown club Douala and Perak in Malaysia.