Concern about football players in Indonesia after disaster: ‘We are very, very watchful’

Thomas Doll is concerned about the mental state of mind of his players at Persija Jakarta. On Saturday, at least 125 people died after riots at a football match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya. Opposite BILD, the practice master talks about the impact among his football players.
“We will train again on Tuesday for the first time and ask our players if they want a psychologist,” says the former player of Hamburger SV, among others. “Im unspeakably sad about what happened. I have already had the first discussions about this with my players. They are all understandably very concerned. This really has nothing to do with football anymore.”
The match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya was ultimately the last game they saw for at least 125 people. Most supporters died in tribulation when people wanted to flee the stadium after police used tear gas. In the end, 180 people ended up in hospital, making it the deadliest disaster in football history.
Doll has been a trainer at Persija Jakarta since 2022. In his career as a football player, he was, among other things, a multiple international for the German national team. According to him, this disaster also has a lot of influence on his players. “It will take a long time to come to terms with this tragedy. This makes us all very, very vigilant.”