Tuesday, 05 June, 2012 | 16:33 WIB
Police Evaluate Soccer Match Permits
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Indonesian Police will use the death of four soccer supporters in Jakarta and in Surabaya to evaluate the issuance of future soccer match permits. "Everything will be taken into consideration in the evaluation," said National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo Monday, June 4, 2012, at the State Palace.
As a matter of fact, said Timur, every match already has security standards. However, the fanaticism of soccer supporters resulted in something undesirable, thus causing some people to die. "This is what we have to act upon," he said.
The matter of safeguarding soccer matches is not only the police's responsibilty even though police will take a follow-up action toward legal measures. "So it's material for evaluation that every soccer match is truly safe, not from the viewpoint of the number of spectators, rather the fanaticism. That's necessary," he said.
A similar comment was made by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto. "Our security personnel don't keep an eye on every individual, a community group or supporters. It's back to the supporter coordinators who should be able to handle their supporters to prevent them from such acts (of anarchism)," he said.
Moreover, Djoko said further that a riot often breaks out on the streets, not at the stadium. "When it's on the streets, police can't possibly watch each individual. The coordinator should assume responsibility for the supporters' discipline," he said.
There will be no sanctions against the All-Indonesia Soccer Association (PSSI) over the death of supporters. "The unruly behavior was shown by the supporters, not the PSSI," Djoko said.
Jakarta Metro Police had refused to issue a permit for Persija (Jakarta Soccer Association) LSI match at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. The Cilegon Police, too, prohibited the match between Persija and PSPS Pekanbaru at Krakatau Steel Stadium. Surabaya Police froze permits for Persebaya (Surabaya Soccer Association) matches indefinitely.