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Albert Ebosse death: Hamza Bencherif pays tribute to footballer killed by stone

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

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Lincoln City midfielder Hamza Bencherif has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Albert Ebosse, the Cameroonian player who died after being hit by a stone thrown from the crowd in Algeria.

Ebosse, Bencherif's room mate during their time together at Algerian side JS Kabylie, was struck on the head when leaving the pitch after Kabylie's home defeat by USM Alger in Tizi Ouzou on Saturday. He had scored his side's goal in a 2-1 defeat.

He was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

The Algerian Football Federation has now taken the decision to suspend football in the country indefinitely and $100,000 will be given to Ebosse's family - a figure believed to be the amount he would have earned over the period of his contract. In addition, JS Kabylie's players will each donate a month's salary.

Bencherif, who played 12 games for JS Kabylie earlier this year, also called for tough action to be taken against those responsible for throwing the stone, saying similar incidents had almost happened when he was playing in Algeria.

BBC Sport has reported that there was maintenance work being done at the 1st November 1954 stadium at the time of the game and fans threw loose stones that were lying on the ground.

Ebosse was the leading scorer in the Algerian league in the 2013-14 season, with 17 goals.

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