Up to 174 dead in riot and stampede at Indonesian soccer stadium: report

Up to 174 people were reportedly killed and 180 injured after a professional football league match in Indonesia.

Supporters of Arema FC and rival Persebaya Surabaya, two of Indonesia’s biggest football teams, clashed in the stands of Kanjuruhan Stadium in the city of Malang, east Java province, after home side Arema FC went 3-2 in a game on Saturday was defeated, CNN reported, citing local police.

Supporters of the losing team then “invaded” the field, East Java Police Chief Nico Afinta said during a press conference after the event.

Riot police fired tear gas to disperse them, causing panic among supporters.

According to the police chief, the crush happened as hundreds of fans fled to an exit gate. Some suffocated in the chaos and others were trampled, killing nearly 34 people, according to CBS News.

Two police officers were among the dead, the police chief said.

Video footage shared on social media showed clouds of tear gas on the pitch and people rushing to the exits.

More than 300 were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment of their injuries. But Afinta said many died on the way to hospitals and while being treated.

East Java Deputy Governor Emil Dardak and the local disaster agency initially said the death toll had reached 174 as of Sunday afternoon, Reuters reported.

But Dardak later said that figure may have included double deaths. The local health department put the toll at 130.

Although the exact number of people killed in the incident is unclear at this time, the stadium disaster appeared to be the world’s worst in more than half a century, according to Reuters.

After the horrific event, Indonesia’s Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said an investigation into the matter was launched.

The full capacity of Kanjuruhan Stadium is estimated at 38,000 spectators but 42,000 tickets have been issued for Saturday’s game, according to Indonesian officials.

Indonesian Security Minister Mahfud MD said in a post shared on his official social media accounts that the “local supporters are Arema FCs”.

As a result of the fatal incident, the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has suspended games scheduled for next week. They also banned Arema FC from hosting games for the rest of the season.

“We are sorry and we apologize to the families of the victims and everyone involved for the incident,” said the association’s chairman, Mochamad Iriawan, according to CNN on Sunday. “The PSSI immediately formed an investigation team for this and immediately left for Malang.”

A group of people carry a man after a soccer match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java in this picture taken on October 1, 2022.STR/AFP/Getty Images

Indonesian authorities say 174 dead after soccer hand-to-hand combat and stampede

  • The stadium disaster in East Java appears to be the worst since 1964
  • Around 180 injured in mass onslaught
  • The Indonesian Football Association suspends the league for investigation
  • Police say they fired tear gas to keep the crowd under control

MALANG, Indonesia, Oct. 2 (Reuters) – Up to 174 people were killed and 180 injured in a stampede at a soccer stadium after police tried to quell violence on the field, officials said on Sunday in one of the world’s worst stadium disasters.

Officials fired tear gas to disperse angry supporters of the losing home team who burst onto the field after Saturday night’s final whistle in Malang, east Java, the region’s police chief Nico Afinta told reporters.

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

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