A day in Indonesian soccer, locker room rage, racism, Persipura & Arema slug it out.
Aremania (Arema supporters) sang racist songs about Papuans, and they threw bottles at the players.
Some Persipura players attempted to confront opposition team fans, but were obstructed by security guards.
On 12th December the disciplinary committee of the Badan Liga Indonesia (BLI) PSSI handed out a 50 million rupiah fine to Arema over the racial abuse issue and condemned the club to playing one match without spectators, and gate receipts.
The loss of one match's gate receipts was a stinging blow for Arema boss Abdul Haris:
We average a take of 500 million rupiah per game, but it only costs us about 180 million to put a game on.
The club known as "Singo Edan" are far from the poor house yet however, with gate receipts for the 2009-2010 season so far estimated by management at around 2 billion rupiah, with 725 million rupiah of this coming from the big clash with heavyweights Persipura alone. Figures are pre-tax, before accounting for operational costs, fines for racism, and damage bills from visiting team vandalism. surabayapost