JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BNO NEWS) — Three people were killed on late Sunday afternoon when a fight broke out following a football match in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, local media reported on Monday evening. Five other people were seriously injured.
The violence took place after a football match between Persija Jakarta and Persib Bandung at Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. Police officer Rikwanto told the Jakarta Globe that one of the fights took place in a police patrol way, but there were no officers there when it took place.
Jakarta police said a 29-year-old man wearing a Persib team jersey was found dead at the car park of the stadium, near a swimming pool, while two others were found dead several hours later near the stadium’s basketball court. At least five people were seriously injured in the fights, including a journalist, reports said.
Rikwanto said some 1,500 security personnel were deployed for Sunday’s event, and security will be increased for future matches to prevent violence. A meeting between the two teams will also take place to discuss the possibility of diverting future matches to other locations, the newspaper reported.
The match between Persija Jakarta and Persib Bandung ended in a 2-2 draw.
In November 2011, two people were killed when anxious crowds of football fans rushed into the Bung Karno Stadium in South Jakarta to witness the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games football final. The victims had bought tickets for the highly anticipated final match between Malaysia and Indonesia, but large waves of crowds without tickets tried to push their way into the stadium, crushing them to death.