Video | Stampede after a clash between fans at a football match in Indonesia that killed 174 people | world news


At least 174 people have been killed and dozens injured after a clash between fans of two rival soccer teams in Indonesia sparked a police crackdown that led to a stampede. Most of the victims were trampled to death after police fired tear gas to stop the fights, police said on Sunday.

The incident happened inside Kanjuruhan Stadium in the city of Malang, East Java province, during an Indonesian Premier League match. East Java police chief Nico Afinta told reporters that officers fired tear gas in an attempt to control the situation after supporters of the losing local team stormed the pitch to express their frustration. reported Reuters.

“It had become lawless. They started attacking officers, they damaged cars,” Nico said.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered the country’s minister of sports and youth, chief of the national police and head of the Indonesian football association “to carry out a thorough assessment of football matches and security procedures”.

Social media has been flooded with videos of the tragic incident in which angry football fans were seen clashing after the game which ended with Persebaya Surabaya beating Arema Malang 3-2.

The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) suspended matches for a week following the riot and also banned Arema FC from hosting the rest of the competition this season.

The PSSI issued a statement late on Saturday evening expressing regret for the incident and said a team had left for Malang to open an investigation into what happened after the game.

“PSSI regrets the actions of Arema supporters at Kanjuruhan Stadium. We are sorry and apologize to the families of the victims and all parties for the incident. For this, PSSI immediately formed an investigation team and is immediately left for Malang,” the statement said.

(With agency contributions)


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