Persib Bandung fan dies after post-match brawl

A Persib Bandung fan died Thursday after being attacked by fellow supporters at the end of a match against arch rivals Persija Jakarta in the country’s top-tier football league. 

Richo Andrean, a 22-year-old supporter of the 2014 Indonesian League champions , was beaten up by other Persib supporters who mistook him for a fan of Persija Jakarta after their match in Bandung ended with a 1-1 draw on Saturday, police said.

He was taken to hospital with severe injuries to the head and chest.

“He tried to stop a fight but he was attacked,” Bandung police chief Hendro Pandowo said.

Persib, whose squad includes former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien and ex-England international Carlton Cole, paid tribute to Adrean with a video of his funeral and a photo showing him standing in front of a crowd.

Supporters of Persib and Persija, whose match is often compared to El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, have been involved in deadly clashes in the past.

Persib’s home matches often attract more than 30,000 fans.

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