‘Not about football anymore’: Indonesia hit by hooligan violence

From deadly fan beatings to teams being transported to matches in armored personnel carriers, Indonesia is fast gaining a reputation as Asia's most violent football nation. Last weekend 23-year-old Persija Jakarta fan Haringga Sirla was clubbed to death by supporters of arch-rival Persib Bandung. His murder once again highlighted the Southeast Asian country's decades-long struggle with hooliganism and led to the suspension of its top-flight Liga 1. Sirla was the 70th Indonesian football fan to die in match-related violence since 1994, or about three deaths annually, according to figures from football watchdog Save Our Soccer. His brutal murder, captured in shaky mobile ph...

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