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Hundreds Killed In Stampede At Indonesia Football Match

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At least 125 people have died and more than 100 have been injured in a fatal football stampede in Indonesia’s Javanese region of Malang.

The tragedy that struck on Saturday night has come as the latest in a long line of football stadium tragedies.
“At 9:30 am (0230 GMT) the death toll was 158, at 10:30 am the figure rose to 174 deaths.

That’s the data collected by the East Java disaster mitigation agency,” Dardak told reporters.
The Indonesian government later revised the toll down to 125.
The football league suspended play for at least a week.

The sport is the country’s most popular and violence around the game has remained a constant with huge crowds turning out for bitter clashes between local rivals in the 18-team top-flight league.

But the game has been blighted by hooliganism, heavy-handed policing and mismanagement with rivalries in the Indonesia’s top flight regularly turning deadly.

Since the 1990s, dozens of fans have been killed in football-related violence. Between 1994 and 2019, 74 fans died in football related violence, according to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

However, the Sunday’s death figure, has made this match in Kanjuruhan Stadium among the deadliest episodes in the history of football.

In a televised speech to the nation, President Joko Widodo said he had asked the national police chief to do a thorough investigation into what happened.

He said he had also ordered the minister of youth and sports, the national police chief and the chairman of Indonesia’s football association to evaluate security at football matches.

After the Arema football club lost 3-2 to Persebaya Surabaya, the first loss in more than two decades to their bitter rival, dozens of fans rushed the field at Kanjuruhan Stadium, Arema’s home.

Video footage from local news channels showed people rushing onto the pitch in the stadium in Malang and images of body bags.
The unrest prompted police to fire tear gas, which caused panic, Inspector General Nico Afinta, the East Java Police chief, said at a news conference.

After the match in East Java province between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya ended, supporters from the losing team invaded the pitch and police had fired tear gas, triggering a stampede and cases of suffocation.
Hundreds of people ran to one exit gate in an effort to avoid the tear gas.
Some suffocated and others were trampled, killing 34 almost instantly.

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