Monday, October 22, 2007


Young Arema fan dies

Arema's first away win of the season will be remembered for different reasons. Ilpin, 20, was one of many fans, known as Aremania, who set off on Saturday night to support his team in this big match.

Tragically he never made it.

Not all fans here have the money to travel to games but that doesn't stop them making the effort. Fans fill trains and buses, hanging out the sides, standing on the roof. Ilpin died when his head hit a railway bridge.

Like lads everywhere, Ilpin loved his football and his team. Ultimately it cost him his life.

One thing is sure. There won't be much in the way of soul searching. How he died and what can be done to prevent it happening again won't become an issue in the corridors of power.

A tragic waste


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