Terrifying moment footballer is struck by lightning during a match in Indonesia before dying in hospital

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • The footballer was struck by lighting while playing in Indonesia
  • Septain Raharja died following the strike, after being rushed to hospital
  • He is the second Indonesian player to be struck by lightning in 12 months

A footballer has been tragically killed after being struck by a lightning bolt while playing football in Indonesia on Saturday afternoon.

Chilling video 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, was competing in a friendly football match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang.

Reports by local media PRFM News say that he was still breathing after the incident and rushed to a local hospital, but died after suffering intense burns. 

The horrifying video clip has since gone viral on social media, with football fans and players offering their condolences.

The footballer died soon afterwards

A chilling video captured the exact moment the 34-year-old male footballer was struck

‘RIP to that player,’ commented one X user.

‘This is the stuff of my nightmares. I lived through the San Francisco ‘Quake of ’89’ that ended game 3 of the Baseball World Series,’ wrote another.

A third replied: ‘That’s awful and condolences. In my referee days I always kept an eye on the weather, it’s in the FIFA manual I believe. For exactly this reason. Don’t know if that was possible here or if there was a ref. This video will make it’s way to FIFA and ref associations everywhere.’

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.

The player, who suffered cardiac arrest, was rushed off the field and taken to the Ibnu Sina Hospital in Bojonegoro for medical treatment.

The youngster was successfully revived after medical assistance and regained consciousness after approximately 20 minutes.

The man was competing in a friendly football match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang at Siliwangi Stadium in Bandung, West Java (pictured)

The man was competing in a friendly football match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang at Siliwangi Stadium in Bandung, West Java (pictured)

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.

Six other players on the pitch were also struck by the bolt of lightning and spent time in hospital afterwards.

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