Persija’s support group, The Jakmania, proposed a policy to bring spectators to stadiums in the Indonesian Liga 1 starting in the 2022-2023 season, even though the government had given permission to do so in March.
“I am happy that the audience is allowed to return to the stadium. However, for this season, I feel it is too fast, too pushy because there are only a few matches. The time is too tight. It is better to try next season,” said The Jakmania chairman Diky Budi Ramadhan, quoted on Sunday. (13/3).
In addition to the matter of time, Diky also considered the principle of justice for all groups of supporters to watch his favorite team compete.
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Currently, Liga 1 takes place centered in Bali and it makes not all supporters can easily go to the match location, especially those from outside Java and Bali.
“Football is basically fairness. Team supporters from far away will make a lot of effort to come. Even though the league only has a few games left,” said Diky.
As a prelude before implementing it in Liga 1 for the 2022-2023 season, the man who is also known as Diky Soemarno gave the idea that the presence of spectators in the stadium be tested in the 2022 pre-season tournament.
There, PSSI and competition operator PT Liga Indonesia Baru (LIB) can streamline all mechanisms before they are actually implemented in Liga 1.
“It would be very good if later the audience filled the stadium during the pre-season. The Jakmania itself is ready to socialize whatever conditions are given by the government to be able to watch again at the stadium,” said Diky.
Previously, the government, through the Instruction of the Minister of Home Affairs Number 15 of 2022 concerning the Implementation of Restrictions on Community Activities Level 4, Level 3 and Level 2 Corona Virus Disease 2019 in the Java and Bali Regions has given the green light regarding the presence of spectators in stadiums or sports arenas including football. .
Article 8 of the Minister of Home Affairs states that all sports competitions are allowed to be witnessed by the public directly at the location provided that the number is according to the status of the level of Covid-19 cases.
For districts or cities with level three, stadiums or arenas can be filled by an audience of 50% of the maximum capacity, 75% for level two and 100% for level one. Another requirement is that all spectators must have received a booster vaccine.
Even so, PT LIB chose not to rush to invite spectators to the 2021-2022 Indonesian League 1 which is currently taking place in Bali and leaves at least the last six match weeks until the end of the season.
“We must first coordinate with PSSI, then with the government including parties such as BNPB, Kemenpora, Kemenkes, Kemenko Marves-Java-Bali PPKM Coordinator. After that, there will be a coordination meeting whose results will become recommendations for the Regional Police and the local Provincial Government So the process is still long,” said PT LIB President Director Akhmad Hadian Lukita. (Ant/OL-1)