Joint Prayer of the Football Supporters for the Victims of the Kanjuruhan Tragedy in Papua – The Yapen Islands Police Chief, AKBP Herzoni Saragih, held a joint prayer with dozens of football fans in Serui for hundreds of victims of the Kanjuruhan tragedy, Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

The joint prayer was attended by representatives of the Kodim, Forum for Religious Harmony (FKUB) Yapen, a Chairman of the PSSI Yapen District Association (Askab), Persija Supporters, Bonex, Persib, Arema Malang, Makassar PSM and the Yapen Police Guardian Ball Team.

Police Chief Herzoni said the joint prayer of the football supporters in the Yapen Islands was a form of sympathy for the grief in Malang. The joint prayer for the victims of the Kanjuruhan tragedy was marked by lighting candles together. “The incident (the Kanjuruhan tragedy) is a disaster. We hope that this will not happen again, fans must be smart in supporting their team,” said Herzoni, Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

Herzoni also advised the supporters to be wise in supporting their favorite team. “Let’s pray together today, return to introspection, how to be a good individual and a good supporter,” he said.

Chairman of the PSSI Yapen Islands Regency Association (Askab), Agus Kaiwai, appreciated the concern of the Yapen Police and supporters from various regions in Yapen.

It is known that chaos occurred after the match between Arema FC vs. Persebaya Surabaya which ended 2-3 for Persebaya at the Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang Regency, East Java, Saturday, October 1, 2022. It was recorded that 131 people died in the tragedy.

The total death victims from the Kanjuruhan tragedy became one of the deadliest football tragedies that snatched the second most victims in the world. Before the Kanjuruhan tragedy, deadly football matches also occurred in a number of countries.

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