As a result of the stampede and riot at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Indonesia eastern city of Malang, the early hours of Sunday became the deadliest in football history, with at least 174 people killed and more than 200 injured.
The incident allegedly began when rival Persebaya Surabaya and Arema FC supporters began fighting in the stands following a match in the East Java city of Malang where the home team, Arema FC, was defeat 3-2.
Police opened fire with tear gas after losing team supporters entered the field, causing a stampede that resulted in cases of suffocation and casualties.
Two police officers were also kill, according to East Java police commander Nico Afinta, who also stated that the crash happen when fans sprinted for an escape gate.
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\”It had become chaotic. The crowd swarmed as supporters ran for an exit gate, Mr. Nico said, adding that they began hitting police officers and damaging automobiles.
The horrifying images from one of the greatest historical stadium disasters are currently trending on social media.
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Joko Widodo, the president of Indonesia, expressed his hope that this would be \”the last soccer tragedy in the country\” after the occurrence and demanded that authorities properly review match security.
Jokowi, the president of Indonesia, has suspended all league games while inquiries are ongoing.
The Indonesian football league has been suspended for one week after more than 120 football fans died on Saturday when fight broke out between Arema and Persebaya Surabaya supporters.#Indonesiafootball
Our thoughts as a football lovers around the globe is with #Indonesia pic.twitter.com/zeNw83i81B
— SaltPikin✌️ (@IamAristocrat) October 2, 2022
🔴INDONESIA :#VIDEO MASSACRE (!) AT KANJURUHAN STADIUM!
127 people died, more than 180 injured, after a riot broke out at a football match between Arema & Persebaya at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang.#BreakingNews #UltimaHora #Kanjuruhan #Malang #Masacre pic.twitter.com/TVJjgTB4pW
— loveworld (@LoveWorld_Peopl) October 1, 2022
The state of football in my country, 127 died, more than 100 injured, this is so sad, sending prayers to the family of the deceased#kanjuruhan #AremavsPersebaya #indonesia pic.twitter.com/lWmOiMzq3r
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Additionally, he mandated that all matches in Indonesia\’s top division, BRI Liga 1, be postpone until an inquiry was conclude by the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI).
President of Indonesia Joko Widodo expressed regret for the incident and hope it would be the last football-related catastrophe in the nation.
In a speech that was show on television, Jokowi stated, \”I have specifically instructed the police chief to investigate and get to the bottom of this situation.\” \”Indonesia should uphold human decency, brotherhood, and sportsmanship.\”
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\”I lament this tragedy and wish it wouldn\’t happen again in Indonesian football. Future occurrences of this are not possible.