*Recently published in Inside Indonesia (7 March, 2016)
Football is the most popular spectator sport in Indonesia with second division games regularly attracting crowds of 30,000 spectators. Massive dance choreography and chanting are usually performed for the full duration of games, creating enormous spectacles. Yet, the passionate and creative fan culture also has an ugly side: intense rivalries between supporter groups often lead to stone-throwing battles and even killings on the streets of cities such as Yogyakarta and Solo.
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