Indonesian Footballer Gets Struck By Lightning: In what is one of the more unbelievable sports stories of the year, a football player was struck by lightning during a match. This freak accident resulted in his death.
35-year-old Septain Raharja was part of a friendly match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang. Standing in his own half, Raharja was struck by lightning in one of the most horrifying visuals ever recorded on camera in sports.
The match was being played in Siliwangi Stadium in Bandung, West Java. It is being reported by the local media that after being struck by lightning, the player was still breathing. He was immediately rushed to the hospital and lost his life when he reached there.
Watch: Indonesian footballer gets struck by lightning
Tributes poured in for Septain Raharja on social media following his death as people were not only saddened by a player dying on pitch but also utterly shocked by the visual.
While it was not a proper FIFA-sanctioned match, FIFA rules do state that a match should be halted if lightning is seen or thunder is heard and players should not return to the field for at least 30 minutes.
Tragically, this is the second incident of a player being struck by lightning in Indonesia in the past 12 months. In the other instance, a U13 player was struck, but managed to survive the ordeal, suffering a cardiac arrest and losing consciousness for 20 minutes.
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