Indonesia: Horrifying footage shows worst stadium disaster in which 129 people died

Malang : An Indonesian football match turned into complete chaos and panic when police fired tear gas to stop the brawl. Police said on Sunday that 129 people died in the commotion, most of whom were crushed to death. The incident seems to be one of the worst stadium disasters in the world.

Several fights between supporters of two rival football teams were reported inside the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang city of East Java province after Indonesian Premier League games ended. Persebaya Surabaya beat Arema Malang 3-2,

East Java Police Chief Nico Afinta said a brawl after the game ended late Saturday prompted riot police to fire tear gas, triggering panic among supporters.

After the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya in East Java province ended on Saturday night, supporters of the losing team attacked the pitch and police fired tear gas, a stampede broke out and in case of suffocation, East Java Police Chief Nico Afinta told reporters.

Video footage from local news channels showed images of people running on the pitch at Malang’s stadium and carrying body bags.

Hundreds of people ran towards the exit in an attempt to escape from the tear gas. Some were suffocated in the chaos and others were trampled, killing 34 people almost immediately. Matches in Indonesia have had prior outbreaks of trouble, with a strong rivalry between clubs sometimes leading to violence between supporters.

more than 300 were taken to nearby hospitals But many people died on the way and during treatment, Afinta said.

He said the death toll was still rising as the condition of many of the nearly 180 injured continued to deteriorate.

zainuddin amliqIndonesia’s sports minister told KompasTV that the ministry would re-evaluate security at football matches, including considering not allowing spectators in stadiums.

Indonesian top league BRI Liga 1 has suspended games for a week after the match that Persebaya won 3-2 and an investigation was launched, the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) said.

Indonesia is to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup in May and June next year. They are one of three countries bidding for next year’s Asian Cup, the continent’s euro equivalent, after China pulled out as hosts.

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