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Indonesia stadium tragedy: At least 125 people dead following soccer match fan crush


At least 125 people have since died chaos and violence Indonesia’s national police chief said it erupted early Sunday during an Indonesian league soccer match, making it one of the world’s deadliest stadium disasters to date.

Supporters of Indonesia’s two biggest football teams Arema FC and rivals Persebaya Surabaya clashed in the stands after home side Arema FC lost 3-2 in a match in Malang city, East Java, police said. Stated.

Supporters of the losing team then “invaded” the pitch and police fired tear gas, which crushed fans and caused a suffocation incident, East Java Police Chief Nico Afinta said at a post-event press conference. Stated.

Two police officers were also killed, he said, adding that the crash occurred as fans fled to the exit gate.

Indonesian officials said more than 300 people were injured and the death toll could rise.

The governor of East Java province, where the incident occurred, said earlier on Sunday that the death toll was 131. National Police Chief Listoyo Sigit Prabowo said the discrepancy with the earlier higher number was clear. He said it was because some casualties were recorded twice.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, ordered on Sunday that all league games be suspended until an investigation is completed.

“I have made a special request to the police chief to investigate and find out the truth about this case,” Jokowi said in a televised address.

“We regret this tragedy and hope it will be the last time in Indonesian football. We cannot have more (this) in the future.”

The video, shot from inside the stadium late at night and shared on social media, shows fans dressed in the home team’s colors of red and blue storming the field in riot gear. It was shown to collide with Indonesian security forces that look like.

Video footage broadcast on a local news channel also showed images of the body bags, Reuters reported.

Smoke that looked like tear gas was also later seen. video, several people are shown being carried into the building. Authorities said many were admitted to nearby hospitals suffering from “oxygen deprivation and shortness of breath”.

Kanjurhan Stadium, located in East Java, is primarily used for soccer matches and has an estimated maximum capacity of 38,000.

However, 42,000 tickets were issued for Saturday’s game, according to ministry officials.

In a post shared on his official social media accounts, Indonesia’s Chief Security Minister Mahfud said: “We expected a (large) number of people and suggested that the match be held in the afternoon, but it took place in the evening.” .

He added that the stadium “filled up beyond its maximum capacity”.

“Our proposal was not accepted. I would also like to emphasize that the supporters on the field belong to Alema FC.”

Indonesia’s matches have been troubled before, with strong rivalries between clubs sometimes leading to violence among supporters.

“All the sports clubs[in Indonesia]that compete between cities are always intense,” Indonesian football analyst Dex Greniza told CNN, adding that the visits to each other’s stadiums by Arema and Persebaya supporters ” it’s forbidden,” he said

“[This is]to avoid friction and clashes between supporters,” he said. “But there are still many incidents among supporters, most of them off the field.”

Police chief Listyo said police inspected the organization and security deployed during the match and that a number of specialized units had been dispatched to investigate the incident. He said the investigation would also look into the police officers who were on duty at the time of the incident.

Football fans stormed the pitch at Kanjurhan Stadium in Malang, East Java on Saturday.

With Indonesia set to host next year’s FIFA Under 20 World Cup and its bid to host the 2023 Asian Cup, the country is now under global scrutiny.

Observers believe the death toll from the Kanjurhan stadium disaster is comparable to that of other global football disasters, such as the Hillsborough stadium tragedy in Sheffield, England in 1989, when 96 Liverpool supporters were crushed to death. We are noticing that the

Police’s handling of Saturday’s events has also come under increasing criticism. In a statement released on Sunday, the watchdog group Indonesian Police Watch (IPW) called for accountability and “removal” of the Malang police chief.

“This is the worst event in Indonesian football. The police chief should be ashamed and resign,” IPW said.

“The death toll should be thoroughly investigated, and President Jokowi must exercise caution,” he added.

Amnesty International’s Veronica Korman, a rights advocate exiled from Indonesia, condemned the use of tear gas by police.

“Police abuse of tear gas is illegal and amounts to torture,” she said.

“Tear gas is illegal in war, but why is it legal for home use?”

Security guards restrain a fan during a clash between supporters of two Indonesian football teams at the Kanjurhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, Indonesia.

The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) has suspended next week’s matches as a result of the fatal tragedy and banned Arema FC from holding matches for the remainder of the season.

“PSSI deplores the conduct of the Alemannia supporters at the Kanjurhan Stadium,” said association president Mokamad Iliawan in a statement issued on Sunday.

He added that the incident “tarnished the face of Indonesian football” and that they supported an official investigation into the event.

“I am sorry and apologize to the victim’s family and all those involved in the incident,” he said.

“Therefore, PSSI immediately assembled an investigation team and immediately left for Malang,” he added.

Riot victims are pictured at Saiful Anwar Hospital after the riot.

Women weep as they receive confirmation that their family members have been murdered.

Football’s international governing body, FIFA, expressed its condolences to the families and friends of the victims, calling the incident “a dark day for everyone involved in football and a tragedy beyond comprehension.”

“Together with FIFA and the global football community, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the injured, the people of the Republic of Indonesia, the Asian Football Confederation, the Indonesian Football Association and the Indonesian Football Association. League, in this difficult time.” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a statement.

Meanwhile, host team Arema FC apologized to everyone involved in the tragedy in a statement posted on its website.

“As Chairman of Arema FC, I apologize to all residents of Malang affected by this incident. club president Gillan Widia Pramana.

Persebaya also released a statement of condolences, saying: No life is worth football. ”

“May the victim’s Alphatiha and the family left behind find courage.”

The English Premier League has also extended its condolences to the victims and their families. “The thoughts of everyone at the Premier League goes hand in hand with those affected by last night’s tragic events at Kangjulhan Stadium.”



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