At least 127 people were killed in an indonesia football stampede. that occurred after football supporters stormed the pitch after a game and police fired tear gas to disperse them, according to authorities.
Following their team’s 3-2 loss to Persebaya Surabaya, Arema FC supporters invaded the field at the Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang, Indonesia, late on Saturday. This was Arema FC’s first defeat to their fierce rival in more than 20 years.
After two officers were killed, police, who described the unrest as “riots,” tried to persuade fans to return to the stands and fired tear gas.
According to police, many of the victims were trampled to death.
“In the incident, 127 people died, two of whom are police officers. Thirty-four people were killed inside the stadium, with the remainder dying in hospital “East Java police chief Nico Afinta made the announcement in a statement on Sunday.
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According to Afinta, many people were crushed and suffocated as they ran to one exit.
During the stampede, images from inside the stadium showed massive amounts of tear gas and people clambering over fences.
Throughout the chaos, people were carrying injured spectators.
On Sunday morning, torched vehicles, including a police truck, littered the streets outside the stadium.
The Indonesian government apologized for the incident and promised to look into what caused the stampede.
“We’re sorry for this incident… it’s a regrettable incident that’injures’ our football at a time when fans can watch football matches from the stadium,” Indonesian Sports and Youth Minister Zainudin Amali told Kompas.
“We will thoroughly assess the match’s organization and supporter attendance. Will we resume prohibiting fans from attending games? That is what we will talk about.”
The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) suspended football matches for one week, barred Arema FC from hosting home games for the rest of the season, and announced that an investigation team would be sent to Malang to determine the cause of the crush.
“We apologize to the families of the victims and all parties involved in this incident,” PSSI chairman Mochamad Iriawan said.
In Indonesia, where deep rivalries have frequently turned deadly, fan violence is a problem.
Some matches, such as the Old Indonesia Derby between Persija Jakarta and Persib Bandung, are so heated that players from top teams must travel to away games under heavy security.