Algerian Club Kabylie Win Appeal Against a Two-Year Ban

The Court of Arbitration for Sports (Cas) have “annulled with immediate effect” a two-year suspension imposed on Algerian club JS Kabylie following the death of their striker Albert Ebosse.

Cameroonian footballer Ebosse died after suffering fatal head injuries during a home league match in August.

Cas ruled that the Confederation of African Football (Caf) “did not comply” with its own statutes in banning Kabylie.

Albert Ebosse Joined JS Kabylie in 2013 and Died August 23, 2014, During an Algerian League Match.
Albert Ebosse Joined JS Kabylie in 2013 and Died August 23, 2014, During an Algerian League Match.

“The (decision to ban) was taken without the representatives of the club JSK having been heard or even informed of the procedure in progress,” Cas said in its statement.

Kabylie, having finished runners-up in the Algerian championship, are through to the preliminary round of the 2015 Caf Champions League.

They are scheduled to host Ethiopian side St. George in the first-leg match scheduled for the weekend of February 13.

Meanwhile, subsequent autopsy have dismissed claims that Ebosse died after being hit by a missile thrown from the stands, after his side’s 2-1 home defeat by USM Alger. Post-mortem tests indicated Ebosse died as a result of a beating.

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