The fervent supporters had gathered at the Indomilk Arena to witness their beloved Maung Bandung in action against Dewa United during the 20th week of the 2023/24 Liga 1 season.
A key issue arose as away team supporters were unable to enter the stadium, a stipulation in place for the current Liga 1 season. The police, stationed at the venue, prevented the supporters’ entry, leading to a disturbance.
Expressing his dismay at the recurring fan disturbances in Indonesian football, Bojan Hodak not only calls for effective solutions but also highlights the need for supporter education.
“While other countries worldwide strive to bring spectators into stadiums, Indonesian stadiums are consistently full,” remarked Bojan Hodak in a post-match statement. “The challenge lies in educating supporters, just as we educate players and coaches. They must understand that the stadium is a place to savor the beauty of football,” he added.
The Croatian coach further acknowledged Indonesia’s notable enthusiasm for football, a passion that needs to be complemented with appropriate management to mutually benefit everyone involved.
Up to this point, Indonesia’s football fervor has not been maximally leveraged, and the country is yet to establish itself on the global football map. Unfortunately, supporters often pose a hindrance to the development of football in the nation.
“Strict regulations are necessary, but we need full stadiums. Regarding fans and this issue, my first visit to Indonesia was as the coach of the Malaysia U-19 team during the AFF U-19 Championship in 2018,” shared Bojan Hodak.
“At that time, I already mentioned that ‘Indonesia has incredible supporters,‘” he concluded.