Indonesia’s history of soccer violence: Volatile crowds and violent fan groups have long been a hallmark of Indonesian soccer, left behind by Saturday’s riots…
Indonesia’s Football Violence History:Volatile crowds and violent fan groups have long been a hallmark of Indonesian football, left in the wake of Saturday’s riots in East Java, where 174 people were killed following Arema FC’s defeat to Persebaya Surabaya.Follow LIVE updates from Football Match Stampede in Indonesia with InsideSport.IN
The sport is the country’s most popular, with huge crowds turning out for bitter clashes between local rivals in the 18-team top flight, but the game has been blighted by hooliganism, heavy-handed policing and poor management. Home to almost 275 million people, Indonesia has rarely been able to fulfill its potential and has failed to qualify for the World Cup since its only appearance in 1938, when the country was still known as the Dutch East Indies.
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Beset by problems both on and off the pitch – at one point two rival leagues each claimed to be the country’s top division – the country was banned from all international football by governing body FIFA in 2015 due to government interference. It was allowed back a year later after a series of reforms and is due to host the FIFA U20 World Cup next May after the competition was delayed by two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indonesia, which last organized a major event in 2007 when it co-hosted the Asian Cup, the continental championship for national teams, is also bidding to host the 2023 edition after China pulled out of hosting earlier this year.
A decision on that bid, which pits Indonesia against Qatar and South Korea, is expected to be announced by the Asian Football Confederation’s executive committee on October 17. However, the violence surrounding the match has remained constant, with rivalries in Indonesia’s top flight. regularly becomes fatal. Between 1994 and 2019, 74 fans died in football-related violence, according to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corp, with Persib Bandung supporters banned from matches in 2018 following the lynching of a Persija Jakarta fan.
Indonesia’s history of soccer violence: Violence, mismanagement plague the volatile Indonesian soccer scene
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