Police Deploy 1,300 Personnel to Block Persebaya Supporters from Attending Match in Bandung

Bandung police deploy 1,300 personnel to prevent Persebaya supporters from attending Persib vs Persebaya match, highlighting efforts to maintain order and prevent clashes in Indonesian football.

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Police Deploy 1,300 Personnel to Block Persebaya Supporters from Attending Match in Bandung

Police Deploy 1,300 Personnel to Block Persebaya Supporters from Attending Match in Bandung

The Bandung City Police (Polresta) have taken measures to prevent Persebaya Surabaya supporters, known as Bonek, from attending the upcoming Persib vs Persebaya match at Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung Regency on April 20, 2024. In an effort to avoid sanctions on the host team, Persib Bandung, the police have deployed a joint force of 1,300 personnel to secure the match and block Bonek supporters from entering the stadium.

The decision to prevent Persebaya supporters from attending the away match is based on PSSI regulations that prohibit the presence of guest supporters. Violations of this rule would result in punishment from the PSSI Disciplinary Commission for the host team. The police have appealed to Bonek supporters not to travel to Bandung for the match and have set up patrols and personnel at various points, including borders, stations, and roads leading to the stadium, to enforce the ban.

Persib Bandung's Vice President of Operations, Andang Ruhiat, has also reminded Persebaya supporters to comply with the Liga 1 regulations regarding away matches. "We hope Bonek supporters understand and follow the rules that prohibit them from being present at away games," Ruhiat stated, emphasizing the potential consequences for the host team if violations occur.

Why this matters: The strict enforcement of the ban on away supporters highlights the ongoing efforts to maintain order and prevent potential clashes between rival fan groups in Indonesian football. The deployment of a large-scale police force underscores the seriousness of the authorities in ensuring the safety and security of players, officials, and spectators at the match.

The Persib vs Persebaya match is set to take place in the 32nd week of the 2023/2024 BRI Liga 1 season, with both teams vying for crucial points. Persib Bandung currently sits in second place with 56 points, aiming to secure a spot in the championship series. Meanwhile, Persebaya Surabaya is in the middle of the table with 39 points and will be looking to recover from a recent 3-0 defeat against Dewa United. The police's proactive measures to block Bonek supporters from attending the match aim to ensure a smooth and incident-free game, prioritizing the safety of all involved parties.

Key Takeaways

  • Bandung police deploy 1,300 personnel to prevent Persebaya fans from attending Persib match.
  • PSSI regulations prohibit away supporters, violations result in punishment for host team Persib.
  • Persib VP urges Persebaya fans to comply with rules, citing potential consequences for the club.
  • Strict enforcement aims to maintain order and prevent clashes between rival fan groups.
  • Persib and Persebaya face off in crucial BRI Liga 1 match, with Persib seeking championship spot.