Albert Ebosse died in Algeria as a result of a beating rather than being hit by a projectile, according to new post-mortem tests.
Cameroonian Ebosse died aged 24 in August after a league match, which his club JS Kabylie lost.
Algerian authorities said he was killed by a sharp object thrown by fans but tests by a pathologist, at the request of his family, claim he lost his life after a “brutal aggression.”
The official Algerian version suggested that Ebosse died in hospital on August 23 from head injuries sustained as he left the pitch under a hail of objects thrown from the stands.
Algerian sports minister Mohammed Tahmi said at the time that the striker died from the impact of a sharp slate.
But results of Andre Moune’s post-mortem examination have disproved the official Algerian version of events. Moune’s report mentioned upper body injuries that indicated “signs of struggle.”
And that Ebosse had received “a blow to the head” during the struggle” that caused “an indentation of the skull” that impacted his brain.
Other signs of violence included “rupture of cervical vertebrae” and a wound to the shoulder.”
His findings have been sent to Algerian and Cameroonian authorities for further action.
JS Kabylie are banned from pan-African competitions for two years, and were forced to play home league matches in empty stadiums following the incident.
Ebosse’s family said they had urged Cameroonian authorities and the Confederation of African Football to take action on the new evidence.
They also claim neither JS Kabylie nor the Algerian league had fulfilled their promise to provide financial compensation to the family for Ebosse’s death.