A new autopsy has claimed the death of Cameroonian footballer Albert Ebosse in Algeria in August was caused by a brutal post-match beating, not an object thrown by angry fans as initially said.
Refuting official Algerian findings the striker was killed by a sharp projectile thrown from the stands, the analysis by a Cameroonian pathologist claims the 24 year-old’s death was the result of “brutal aggression” during a probable dressing room attack.
Cameroonian pathologist Andre Moune told AFP from Douala that he found Ebosse had suffered upper body injuries that indicated “signs of struggle”.
The official Algerian version holds that Ebosse died in hospital on 23 August from head injuries sustained as he left the pitch under a hail of objects thrown from the stands following the 2-1 loss of Ebosse’s JS Kabylie to visiting Algiers club USMA.
Algerian Sports Minister Mohamed Tahmi said at the time the death had been caused by him being struck by a piece of sharp slate.
The incident led to the JS Kabylie being banned from pan-African competitions for two years, and forced to play home league matches in empty stadia.
But results of Moune’s autopsy at the Ebosse family’s request flatly reject the Algerian version of events.