Police officers confront Persija supporters, known as Jakmania, during the riot that broke out at the Torabika Soccer Championship match between the local side and Sriwijaya at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Friday night (24/06). (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)

Police Name Seven Fans Suspects After Riots at Persija Jakarta Football Match

BY :ALIN ALMANAR

JUNE 28, 2016

Jakarta. Police have named seven Persija Jakarta football fans, most of whom are teenagers, suspects after riots that saw six officers injured erupted during a match in the capital last weekend, a spokesman said.

Six of the suspects have been accused of inciting the riots that emerged at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Friday when Persija competed with Sriwijaya from Palembang in South Sumatra.

"They have committed serious hate speech," Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Awi Setiyono told reporters on Monday.

The six Persija supporters could face up to six years in prison as stipulated under the 2008 law on electronic information and transactions.

While the remaining syspect has been accused of torture and charged under the criminal code on violence and could face a prison term of up to five years.

Based on information from the latter, Awi said, his office has also arrested three more Persija fans whose status is currently still being determined.

Friday's incident began when Persija supporters, widely known by the nickname Jakmania, invaded the pitch after Sriwijaya scored a goal around ten minutes before the end of the match.

Persija fans threw items at officers, who then fired tear gas to disperse them. Ensuing riots erupted outside the stadium, injuring six officers, one whom is currently still in critical condition. Rioters also damaged gates, two police cars and five motocycles.

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