Albert Dominique Ebossé Bodjongo Dika, a 25-year-old Cameroonian footballer who played for Algerian club JS Kabylie , died  on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, after being hit by an object thrown from the stands following his team’s loss to rivals USM Alger . According to a statement  by the prosecutor in the city of Tizi Ouzo, Ebossé died from internal bleeding caused by a blunt and sharp-edged object.
His death elicited a flood of condolences for his family and condemnations of the fans’ behavior. Mahfoud Kerbadj, president of the Algerian football league, described  Ebossé’s death as a disaster for Algerian football. A statement  from Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), called for swift action against the perpetrators.
The YouTube video  below shows goals scored by Ebossé in the Algerian league:
In a letter  to the Algerian Football Federation, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter wrote that Ebossé's death at the hands of a spectator was “intolerable.” Joseph Owona, president of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT), described the footballer's death as an “appalling event…a gruesome and cowardly act” in a condolence message  to Ebossé’s family.
Meanwhile, the National Syndicate of Cameroon Footballers (SYNAFOC) of which Ebossé was a member also released a statement  in French:
Le Syndicat National des Footballeurs Camerounais (SYNAFOC) exprime son indignation et condamne avec la dernière énergie cet acte ignoble, tenté d’une barbarie machiavélique qui a coûté la vie – sur un terrain de football – à l’un de ses membres.
The National Syndicate of Cameroon Footballers (SYNAFOC) expresses in the strongest terms its outrage and condemnation of this despicable act tainted with Machiavellian cruelty that took the life – on a football field – of one of its members.
SYNAFOC called for calm particularly among Cameroonian footballers in Algeria and promised to do everything in its powers to ensure that the culprits are brought to justice.
Widespread outrage over Ebossé’s senseless death was on full display on social media. Maryse Éwanjé-Epée, a former French and European high jump champion, vented  on her Facebook page:
Mort pour sa passion… il rêvait, comme beaucoup de jeunes camerounais de jouer dans le championnat européen… Je ne suis que colère, rage même face à cette indicible violence qui n'intéresse personne ou presque. Des jeux et du pain… Et que continue le spectacle!
He died for his passion… like many young Cameroonians, he dreamed of playing in a European league… I am angry and raging against this unspeakable violence which seems to interest practically no one. Bread and circuses… let the show continue!
Jonathan Fadugba, editor of the Just Football blog, could not come to terms with the manner in which Ebossé died:
Still can't get my head round Albert Ebosse's death. To score for your club & then be murdered by your own fans, at 25. Despicable. Very sad
— Jonathan Fadugba (@JFfutbol) August 24, 2014 
Another Twitter user, @heritierduroi, had a thought for Ebosse’s newborn baby:
A cause de la bêtise humaine un enfant grandira sans père. Albert Ebosse venait juste d'être papa… pic.twitter.com/1sSj8BFmQ0 
— Prince (@heritierduroi) August 24, 2014 
Because of human stupidity a child will grow up without a father. Albert Ebosse recently became a father
Expectedly, Algeria and Algerians found themselves at the center of the international outcry. Kamel Daoud, columnist at the French-language Quotidien d’Oran newspaper, shared  his feelings of remorse on his Facebook page:
Mots brisés. J’ai beaucoup dit depuis des années. Là, j'ai la langue morte. Ma nationalité est une odeur mauvaise dans les parfums du monde. Honte.
Shattered words. I have said a lot over the years. But in this case, I am tongue-tied. My [Algerian] nationality emits a nasty odor among the perfumes of the world. Shame.
Zinedine Ferhat, who plays for USM Alger and the Algeria national team, was beside himself:
— Zinedine Ferhat 7 (@FerhatZinedine) August 24, 2014 
No desire to resume the league after the death of #Ebosse! #Disgusted. Our lives are worth more than this rubbish.
Then he followed up with an apology to the Cameroonian people:
— Zinedine Ferhat 7 (@FerhatZinedine) August 24, 2014 
On behalf of all Algerians, I ask for forgiveness from our Cameroonian brothers! Allah Yerahmou! #Ebosse #Sad #Disgusted.
For Hamza Bencherif, an Algerian professional footballer who plays for Lincoln City in England, Ebossé’s death was personal:
— hamza bencherif (@BencherifHamza) August 23, 2014 
Reacting to the flurry of anti-Algerian comments on social media, Twitter user Beghdad Meliza urged the public to be more discerning:
Arrêtez de dire que la mort d'Ebossé est un acte raciste. C'était le joueur préféré des supporteurs. C'était notre sauveur. #Ebossé 
— Beghdad Meliza ن (@Folishonne_) August 24, 2014 
Stop saying that Ebossé’s death is due to a racist act. He was the supporters’ favorite player. He was our savior.
Another Twitter user, Mohand Yahiaoui, agreed:
@Folishonne_  ça n'a rien de raciste. On voit ce genre de comportement dans chaque match de championnat. Là ça été fatal pour feu Ebossé
— Mohand Yahiaoui (@MohandYahiaoui) August 24, 2014 
There was nothing racist about it. We see this type of behavior at every league game. Unfortunately, it was fatal for the late Ebossé this time around.
The Algerian Ministry of Interior has opened  an investigation into Ebossé’s death, while Algerian football authorities have announced that they are donating about 100,000 euros to his family, along with his full salary until his contract with JK Kabylie runs out. While waiting for the outcome of the investigation, public sentiment is best reflected in this tweet by Jonathan Fadugba:
— Jonathan Fadugba (@JFfutbol) August 24, 2014