At least 130 people dead including 2 police officers and another 180 injured, mostly trampled to death after a stampede following crowd trouble in East Java Indonesia
After the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya ended, supporters of Arema FC which had lost the match – the first loss in more than two decades to its bitter rival – had invaded the pitch.
Police, who characterized the unrest as “riots,” tried to persuade fans to return to the stands and fired teas gas into the stands after two officers were killed, triggering a stampede and cases of suffocation,
Video footage from local news channels showed people rushing onto the pitch in the stadium in Malang and images of body bags.
Hundreds of people ran to an exit gate in an effort to avoid the tear gas. Some suffocated in the chaos and others were trampled, killing 34 almost instantly.
More than 300 were rushed to nearby hospitals to treat injuries but many died on the way and during a treatment, Afinta said.
“They went out to one point at the exit. Then there was a buildup, in the process of accumulation there was shortness of breath, lack of oxygen,” police said
The Indonesian government apologized for the incident and promised to investigate the circumstances surrounding the stampede.
Following the incident, the Indonesian top league BRI Liga 1 has suspended games for a week following the match that Persebaya won 3-2 and an investigation had been launched,
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