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Jakarta Post

Persija soccer fans cause nightmare conditions

  • Eny Wulandari and Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 26 2010   /  09:12 am

Anticipating an epic match between local club Persija and Bandung-based Persib, about 35,000 supporters flocked to Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Thursday causing congestion in the surrounding areas.  Lukita, who passed the stadium on a motorcycle, said she experienced traffic jams before the game had started.“I saw many members of Jakmania [Persija’s fan club] on buses, trucks and motorcycles when I passed the sports complex at 4 p.m,” Lukita said.She added that many of the supporters were riding on top of buses.Supporters of Persija are known for their fanatical support for their club.Before every home match thousands of orange-clad supporters will make the trip to the stadium on cars, public buses or by any means possible.The congestion is one of the lesser disturbances experienced by the public. On several previous occasions there have been reports of f...