2,819 police personnel
to guard LA Galaxy match

The Jakarta Police say they will deploy 2,819 officers to secure the friendly game between the Indonesian national team and US soccer club LA Galaxy, scheduled to take place at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Nov. 30.

“We are sending a huge number of personnel to prevent any unnecessary unrest, learning from what had happened at the SEA Games final recently, which claimed two lives,” Jakarta Police operational bureau chief Sr. Comr. Agung Budi Maryoto said Tuesday as quoted by tempo.co.

He denied allegations that Galaxy players and especially soccer icon David Beckham had requested special treatment, adding that police had chosen to focus on the safety of LA Galaxy as a team because the security of individual players was the responsibility of the event’s organizing committee.

“The organizing committee already has its own security guards. We are only assisting,” he said.

Agung assured that the Galaxy’s short drive from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Kuningan to the stadium in Senayan, South Jakarta, would not disrupt traffic, as the team bus would be escorted by only one police vehicle.

He added that police block vehicle access to the Gelora Bung Karno area, providing access only to ambulances, police and committee vehicles, in efforts to ensure the safety of the Galaxy players.

“It will be blocked off from Tuesday evening,” he said.

Galaxy’s visit to Indonesia is part of their Asia Pacific tour. The newly crowned US Major League Soccer champions will square up against an Indonesian team coached by Rahmad Darmawan.

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