Saturday, June 17, 2017
Bhayangkara, Persib Pay Price For Pitch Invasion
Both Bhayangkara and Persib have been fined following the pitch invasion which marred their Liga 1 game at Patriot Stadium 4th June.
Persib lost the game 2-0 making it four games without a win and a number of fans, a small number, invaded the pitch to let the players and club officials now how they felt about the poor run while in the stands flares were let off and play stopped for several minutes.
People who were at the game told me it wasn't a threatening invasion and pictures from the game showed fans with tears in their eyes as they confronted players.
Whatever the motive for encroaching on the field of play the PSSI are adopting a harsh line, witness Gresik United being forced to play behind closed doors after their fans crossed the white line.
Persib have been fined Rp 45 million for the actions of their supporters and the fans haven't got off scott free, being banned from wearing club colours to their next three games.
Bhayangkara were also fined, Rp15 million, because the pitch invasion took place at their stadium and they were responsible for security. The irony of a police owned team being punished for lack of crowd control seems to have gone unnoticed by many.