Jakarta. The death of Haringga Sirila, 23, a West Jakarta resident, who ended his life after being beaten by a mob of Persib supporters prior to a football match at a sports stadium in the West Java capital cit, has forced the nation's football association, known as PSSI, to suspend a national football competition indefinitely.
Haringga, a supporter of Jakarta football club Persija, was beaten to death outside the Gelora Bandung Lautan Api stadium in Bandung, West Java, before the Persija-Persib match on Sunday. A video of the mob killing went viral and sparked national outrage.
PSSI chairman Edy Rahmayadi said the competition will be suspended "indefinitely" until a thorough investigation into the murder of the fan, Haringga Sirla, has been completed.
Haringga was the seventh man to have been killed in violent incidents between supporters of the two teams since 2012.
Sport Minister Imam Nahrawi, said on football and sports supposedly serve to unite the nation as well as entertaining people, instead of creating a fatal incident.
Haringga, a native Indramayu, a city in West Java, has been living in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, for several years. He was buried on Monday at his city of origin in Indramayu. His family demanded justice for the perpetrators.
The Persija fans, who called themselves Jakmania and Persib fans, called Bobotoh, in many occations found themselves caught in hostilities, especially whenever their favorite teams were competing in a prestigious match in Indonesian football. Since 2012, or over the course of six years, there has been a recorded seven death victims of this rivalry.
The last case that occured in July 2017 claimed the life of Ricko Andrean Maulana, 22, a Persib fans, who died in the hands of his fellow Persib supporters as he tried to ease the fight between fans of the two football clubs.
With regards to Sunday's fatal brawl, Persija management said they will support any legal measures to handle the event.
“We have told PSSI to evaluate whether there was any procedures skipped or violated [causing the incident to happen],” Gede Widiade, president director Persija said on Monday.
Umuh Mochtar, the manager of Persib, threated the club's fans he would step down if they could not change their violence behavior.
The police said they have determined eight people as suspects that caused the death of Harringga.
Two Suspects Underage
Bandung Police's general crime unit head Adj. Snr. Comr. M. Yoris Maulana was quoted by a national television news channel two of the eight suspects are underage.
The visiting Persija team suffered a twin loss, as they lost against Persib 1-3 in the league’s match in Gelora Bandung Lautan Api stadium on Sunday, while it also loss the life of a fans.
West Java governor, who was previously Bandung city mayor was furious as he called the perpetrator "Barbaric", while calling the legal enforcers to bring them to justice. Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan has sent his deep regret and visited the victim's family house on Monday morning.
The following are some recorded fatal incidents of the years long rivalry between fans of the two football clubs.
* May 27, 2012. Three died when Persija matched against Persib at Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Senayan, South Jakarta. Three Bobotohs Lazuardi, 29, Rangga Cipta Nugraha, 22, and Dani Maulana, 17, ended their lifes after beaten by Persija mob.
* Oct. 23, 2016. A Persib fans Muhammad Rovi Arrahman, 17, died after beaten by a mob of the Jak Mania. The match was actually supporting Persib's match against Persegres Gresik United, or a football clum from Gresik, East Java, at Wibawa Mukti stadion in Cikarang, West Java. He was unluckily caught by the Jak Mania when driving his motorcycle.
* Nov. 6, 2016. Harun Al Rasyid Lestaluhu, 30, a Jak Mania, was killed in Cirebon, West Java. The Jak Mania was reportedly committed violence in Lungbenda, a village in Cirebon as they jumped off the bus that took them back to the capital just to throw rock to local residents, who were thought as Persib supporters.
* July 22, 2017. Ricko Andrean's case.
* Sept. 23, 2018. Haringga Sirila's case.