Rouge Flare Kills Foot­ball Fan in Bekasi Match

Indonesia Expat - - Quirks -

A friendly foot­ball match be­tween In­done­sia and Fiji ended in tragedy on Satur­day, September 2, af­ter a 32-yearold fan was killed by a flare.

The flare was il­le­gally smug­gled into the Pa­triot Sta­dium in Bekasi, where flares have been banned af­ter dis­rupt­ing games and caus­ing in­juries.

Catur Ju­liantono at­tended the game with his fam­ily and was struck on the head by a flare af­ter push­ing his 13-year- old cousin Tau­fik out of the way in an ef­fort to save the child. “(The flare) was go­ing to hit Tau­fik but (Catur) pushed him out of the way and (the flare) hit his head,” said Nurhasan, Catur’s fa­ther-in-law, as quoted by Kom­pas.

Ju­liantono was rushed to a nearby hos­pi­tal but died on the way af­ter sus­tain­ing heavy head in­juries.

A video of the shock­ing in­ci­dent was posted to YouTube and has since gone vi­ral, high­light­ing the dan­gers of flares.

The In­done­sian Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (PSSI) is­sued a state­ment say­ing se­cu­rity had been height­ened for the match to lev­els pre­vi­ously un­seen in In­done­sian foot­ball, but con­fessed the flare had been missed dur­ing checks.

In­done­sia has long strug­gled with con­tain­ing the fan­base’s love of flares, with the Asian Foot­ball Confederation, the peak body for foot­ball in Asia, fin­ing PSSI US$60,000 af­ter a flare was lit dur­ing a foot­ball match in March this year.

The in­di­vid­ual or group which launched the flare that killed Catur is yet to be iden­ti­fied and po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue.

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