(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
FIFA released a statement on Sunday from president Gianni
Infantino, saying 'this is a dark day' for football after a tragedy
took place in a stadium in Indonesia, reports citing .
The tragedy occurred on Saturday night at the Kanjuruhan Stadium
in Malang of Indonesia's East Java province, right after Arema
Malang club lost to Persebaya Surabaya in an Indonesian league
'The football world is in a state of shock following the tragic
incidents that have taken place in Indonesia at the end of the
match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya at the Kanjuruhan
Stadium,' the FIFA president said.
'This is a dark day for all involved in football and a tragedy
beyond comprehension. I extend my deepest condolences to the
families and friends of the victims who lost their lives following
this tragic incident,' he added.
Local media reported that supporters of the losing home team
climbed over the fence and entered the football pitch, resulting in
clashes with police and a stampede.
Reports said riot police fired tear gas at people, which caused
panic among crowds. People rushed to leave the stadium, leading to
a stampede at an exit gate.
'Together with FIFA and the global football community, all our
thoughts and prayers are with the victims, those who have been
injured, together with the people of Indonesia, the Asian Football
Confederation, the Indonesian Football Association, and the
Indonesian Football League, at this difficult time,' Infantino was
quoted as saying in the statement.
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