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Jakarta Post

14 soccer fans die falling from rooftops this year

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 30 2010   /  10:54 am

Fourteen members of the Jakmania soccer fan club have died this year falling from buses or from  soccer matches, a club representative says.The number of such accidents has skyrocketed from only five incidents in 2009.The rising trend is most likely due to the reckless behavior of fans on their way to soccer games, Jakmania managing director M. Lariko Rangga Mone or Riko told The Jakarta Post recently.Jakmania is the die-hard fan association that supports local soccer club Persija. They are infamous for their fanatical support and antisocial behavior, and are often responsible for vandalism, brawls and traffic incidents.Some fans travel to and from matches on the roofs of buses. The supporters, dressed in their signature orange garb, cheer, yell, play music instruments, and sometime dance on the buses’ roofs without regard to  their own safety.Most of the cases involving supp...