The international playoff match in the Central Java city of Solo on September 6 didn’t just result in a 3-0 victory by Indonesia over Malaysia.
Supporters of the Solo based Indonesian football team, Pasoepati, also presented several interesting choreographs including showing their support for Palestine during a match held yesterday evening at the Manahan Stadium in Solo.
Pasoepati supporters in the South stand presented a choreograph in the form of a Palestine flag while in the North stand supporters wearing red also presented a choreography forming the word “Garuda”.
“In fact the choreographs at the two stands behind the goal posts were related to each other. If read together it meant “Garuda Save Palestine”. The idea came from children who wanted to present a special choreograph at a special event”, Pasoepati vice president Ginda Ferrachtriawan told Offside.
Ginda explained that Pasoepati’s aim in presenting the choreography was to show their solidarity with the Palestine people. “This isn’t a political issue, but a culture of fair play such as this should indeed happen in soccer”, said Ginda.
Ginda admitted that it cost nine million rupiah to be able to present the choreography. The funds came from voluntary donations by Pasoepati members.
The choreography presented by Pasoepati at last night’s game reminds us of similar actions by Glasgow Celtic supporters at the Champions League play-off game against Israeli football club Hapoel Beer Sheva.
As result of hundreds of Celtic supporters flying the Palestine flag at the stadium, the Scottish Club was fined by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was “Dukungan untuk Palestina Juga Mengalir dari Manahan”.]