U-16 team offers condolences over Persija supporter`s death

U-16 team offers condolences over Persija supporter`s death

Condolences from the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) for supporters of Persija Jakarta 1 League club Haringga Sirla who were killed for allegedly being beaten by Persib Bandung supporters at the Gelora Stadium Bandung Lautan Api (GBLA), Bandung, West Java, Sunday (9/23/ 2018). (PSSI)

Kuala Lumpur (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Under-16 soccer team expressed condolences over the demise of a Persija supporter after being allegedly beaten insistently by those supporting the Persib Bandung team.

The Indonesian U-16 team conveyed its condolences through a video recording uploaded on the official Instagram social media page of the team coach Fakhri Husaini, @coachfakhri on Monday.

The Jakmania member, Persija`s supporter, identified as Haringga Sirla, 23, was killed in the courtyard of the Bandung Lautan Api sports stadium in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung on Sunday (Sept 23), as a result of being mobbed by suspected members of the League 1 participant, Persib Bandung supporters.

"We, a big family of the Under-16 national team, mourned the death of Persija`s supporter during the Persib-Persija match on Sunday (Sept 23, 2018)," U-16 soccer team`s captain David Maulana, who was accompanied by all his teammate players, coaches, and staff of the U-16 Indonesia national team, monitored in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday.

After extending their condolences, all in the video exposed the palms of their hands to the camera and exclaimed simultaneously, "Stop violence in football!"

According to chief of the Bandung police precinct, the incident occurred at around 1 p.m. local time or before the start of the match between Persib and Persija.

The police have arrested at least six suspected and another one as a key witness.

After the deadly incident, the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) has urged all parties to exercise refrain.

"We entrust the authorities to investigate (the case) thoroughly. Of course, the PSSI along with PT Liga Indonesia Baru (LIB) and clubs will also conduct an evaluation, so that in future, things such as this will not recur," PSSI Chairman Edy Rahmayadi, as quoted from the PSSI official website as saying.

Meanwhile, the League One (1) operator PT LIB stated that such an incident was a serious matter and vowed to immediately coordinate with all concerned parties to solve the problem in accordance with their respective duties and authorities.

The match between Persija Jakarta and Persib Bandung ended with the score of 2-3.

Reporting by Michael Siahaan
Editing by Bustanuddin

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