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Monday, 04 June, 2012 | 19:44 WIB
Soccer Fans’ Blind Fanaticism
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Without its fans, soccer would be a very quiet and undeveloped sport, but the extreme fanaticism that recently claimed the lives of three fans in Jakarta must be prevented.
Soccer clubs and affiliated associations must take immediate actions to prevent another incident, such as the brawl that erupted after a recent match between Persija Jakarta versus Persib Bandung in the Indonesia Super League in Senayan.
Such incidents are becoming increasingly brutal, with three deaths in the latest clash. Two of them were supporters of Persib Bandung and have been identified as Rangga Cipta Nugraha and Dani Maulana.
Human life seems to have no price among soccer fans. With the addition of the three victims, soccer matches have claimed a total of eleven lives this year. One of those victims included a truck driver who was attacked by a group of Persebaya supporters. In March, it was Persebaya supporters who fell victim. Five people were left helpless when a train carriage full of boneks, as Persebaya fans are known, was attacked in Lamongan.
The incidents were triggered by the outrageous behavior of sport enthusiasts. These fans play a major role in the soccer industry. However, they often ignore sportsmanship—supposedly the highest value in sport. Clubs’ winning or losing has become a matter of life and death and matches no longer end with the referee’s long whistle. Rage can be triggered after the smallest of friction between supporters and often leads to casualties.
Some analysts say the aggressive behavior exhibited by these soccer fans is an outlet for the daily social, economic and political pressure they endure. However, overcoming the root of the problem may take a long time. Short- and medium-term efforts can be conducted by the organizations that accommodate these supporters. Such efforts include development programs for their members. The goal is to neutralize the fans’ blind fanaticism and promote sportsmanship.
Such development programs are not difficult to implement, especially with so many accommodating organizations that have been around for a long time. Jakmania, for instance, was established in December 1997. Furthermore, The Vikings, or Persib supporters, have been around since 1993. Such organizations applied actions to prevent violence at baseball games in Japan, such as conducting searches on their members to prevent them from carrying dangerous and harmful objects into the stadium.
Naturally, the police must thoroughly investigate the death of Persib supporters and prosecute the perpetrators. The Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) or the Committee for Indonesian Soccer Rescue under the Indonesian Soccer Institution (LSI) must take action. These organizations must apply firm action against clubs that cannot create order among their supporters.