An Indonesian footballer died after he was hit by lightning during a friendly match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang.
Video was captured the exact moment the 35-year-old male victim from Subang collapsed at Siliwangi Stadium in Bandung, West Java. The man, later identified as Septain Raharja.
As per the local media PRFM News the footballer was still breathing after the incident and rushed to a local hospital, but died after suffering intense burns.
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According to the refereeing rulebook, the referee holds the interpretation of poor weather in most parts of the world. In the Netherlands, all football games were suspended on February 8, 2020 due to high wind speeds in the country.
The Royal Netherlands Football Association had said in a statement that, after discussions with clubs, police, and municipalities, it “concluded that because of the expected weather conditions the safety of supporters and players cannot be guaranteed.”
The tragic incident is the second time an Indonesian footballer has been struck by lightning in the last 12 months.
A young football player in Bojonegoro, East Java was struck by lightning during the Soeratin U-13 Cup in 2023.
In 2023, a 21-year-old Brazilian footballer was also struck by lightning while on the pitch in Brazil.
Caio Henrique de Lima Goncalves, 21, was playing for his Uniao Jaiirense team in a cup fixture in the southern state of Parana when he was jolted by the lightning strike
He was rushed to hospital after collapsing on the pitch, but he later died of his injuries.