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174 People Have Died In A Crush At An Indonesian Football Match


(MENAFN- Khaama Press)

At least 174 people are reported to have died after a crowd crush at an Indonesian football match on Saturday.

Around 180 were said to be hurt in a stampede which took place in Malang, East Java.

Police reportedly tear-gassed supporters after a riot broke out following Arema FC's 3-2 defeat to rivals Persebaya Surabaya.

Police reportedly tear-gassed supporters after a riot broke out following Arema FC's 3-2 defeat to rivals Persebaya Surabaya.

Fans ran onto the pitch after the final whistle and were met by police tear gas, leading to a stampede.

The country's chief security minister Mohammad Mahfud has stated that around 4,000 extra tickets were sold for the 38,000-capacity Kanjuruhan Stadium.

'To the victims family, our condolences,' he said. 'We also hope that the victims' families will be patient and continue to coordinate with the government officials in the field.'

'I need to emphasize that the tragedy of Kanjuruhan is not a clash between Persebaya supporters and Arema. Because Persebaya supporters can't watch at that match. Supporters in the field are only from Arema.

'Therefore, the victims generally died from pushing, squeezing, trampling, and shortness of breath. There were no victims of beating or harassment between supporters.

'The government has made improvements to the implementation of football matches over time and will continue to improve.'

Author
  • Mehr Ali is a journalist, photographer, and football player.

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