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Kabylie banned over Ebosse death

2014-09-13 09:44
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Algiers - The Algerian Football Federation on Friday banned JS Kabylie from playing home games for the rest of the season after the death of Cameroon striker Albert Ebosse.

Ebosse died after being hit by a missile following Kabylie's 2-1 defeat by USM Alger on August 23.

Kabylie will have to play all home games at a neutral ground behind closed doors until the end of February. They normally play at Tizi Ouzou.

Their supporters will only be allowed into away matches from January.

The 24-year-old Ebosse was hit by a piece of slate thrown from the stands after the league match last month, according to Sports Minister Mohamed Tahmi. Ebosse was Kabylie's leading scorer.

Ebosse will be buried Saturday in the Ndogsimbi cemetery in Douala.

Players from the Cameroon national team honoured his memory by wearing black armbands during their African Cup of Nations qualifiers this week.

His death send shock waves through Algerian football with calls for the government to take stringent measures to curb violence that undermines the game.

The Algerian league was suspended after the death, but is due to resume on Friday. Kabylie have their next match on Saturday at USM Belabbes.

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