Arema vs. Persebaya soccer match moved over fears of fan clash

first_imgBoth Aremania and Bonek are known for their violent attitude, and they have a long history of enmity between them. Members of the two have frequently engaged in clashes prior to or after soccer matches. Read also: Soccer a deadly game in IndonesiaBlitar Police chief Adj. Comr. Leonard Sinambela said police and military personnel would create three rings of security to secure the match despite the decision that it would be held without spectators in the stadium. “The outer ring will ensure that supporters coming to the city will not bring any weapons. The second ring will ensure the two camps of supporters gather in different locations near the stadium,” he said.He said police would also anticipate the presence of supporters of the two clubs from Blitar city and regency. Leonard said the Blitar Police, backed by the East Java Police, would deploy more than 700 officers for the event.The other semifinal match between Madura United and Persija Jakarta was held on Monday at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java.The East Java Governor’s Cup is organized by PSSI East Java. Topics : The East Java chapter of the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has made a sudden decision to move the semifinal match of the East Java Governor’s Cup between Arema FC and Persebaya to Blitar Supriyadi Stadium. The match is scheduled to be held on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.  Originally, the match was to take place at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang.PSSI Blitar branch chief Yudi Meira told reporters on Monday that the decision was made under consideration of the long rivalry between fan groups of the two clubs, Arema FC’s Aremania and Persebaya’s Bonek.  Yudi said the match would be held without spectators. “We hope the semifinal match will go well without any incident. I, as the match host, will coordinate with the police and the Indonesian Military to make sure the match runs smoothly,” he said. last_img read more

Gokhan Inler attracting interest from Villa

first_img Press Association Gokhan Inler is on Aston Villa’s radar with Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri prepared to let his fringe players leave. Inler is happy at City despite a lack of action but, as Switzerland captain, knows he needs regular football to safeguard his place ahead of Euro 2016. Villa boss Remi Garde is tracking the 31-year-old to aid their relegation fight with the side bottom of the table and 10 points from safety. He said: “I’m aware of this (Inler’s) situation because I’ve looked at all the players who could be interested in this situation because of the Euros. I don’t want to say to you where he is on my list. “Of course, every player who will play Euros I am interested in because they are good players. It doesn’t mean they will come or that I have already called them. But I know him very well.” And with t he Foxes top of the Barclays Premier League by two points Ranieri would listen to requests to move if he can find replacements. “I would like to maintain everyone but I understand if they want to go. I hope to replace them if they do,” he said. Inler has been kept out of the side by Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante with the Foxes surprise title contenders and they have only been beaten by second placed Arsenal. The Gunners won 5-2 win at the King Power Stadium in September and Ranieri believes Arsene Wenger’s side are title favourites. He said: “I agree with these people when they say Arsenal are favourites or City are favourites. “Our team is a young team and it’s the first time we’re top of the league. I would sign a guarantee now to stay above Arsenal, I want to stay above Arsenal at the end of the league. If not at the top, very close.” center_img The midfielder, Andrej Kramaric and Yohan Benalouane could all be granted a move from the King Power Stadium after a lack of playing time. Inler has started just twice in the Barclays Premier League after a summer switch from Napoli while striker Kramaric and defender Benalouane are yet to start. last_img read more