Football news: According to Indonesia’s Police Chief, at least 125 people have died after chaos erupted during an Indonesian Soccer League game on Sunday.
The clash erupted between fans of Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya, two of Indonesia’s most popular teams after Arema FC lost the game 3-2 at their home stadium.
Around 180 people have also suffered injuries, in what appears to be one of the deadliest stadium disasters.
Supporters of the home team invaded the pitch after the game, which prompted authorities to fire tear gas, triggering a stampede. Health officials say most of the victims died due to suffocation and overcrowding caused due to the chaos.
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Indonesian president Joko Widodo has ordered all soccer games to be suspended until investigations are completed.
In a televised speech, he said: “I have specially requested the police chief to investigate and get to the bottom of this case. Sportsmanship, humanity, and brotherhood should uphold in Indonesia.
I regret this tragedy and hope that it will be the last to occur in Indonesian football. We cannot have anymore (of this) in the future.”
This is not the first instance of football field violence in Indonesia. There have been numerous cases of trouble at matches in the past. The strong rivalry between fans sometimes leads to violence among supporters.
The Kanjuruhan Stadium, located in east Jawa, has a capacity of 38,000 spectators. However, they sold 42,000 tickets for Saturday’s game, and the stadium filled beyond its maximum capacity.
Indonesian Chief Security Minister Mahfud MD also shared a post on his social media account, stating: “filled beyond its maximum capacity. They rejected our proposals. I also would like to emphasize that supporters in the field were Arema FC’s.”.
Among other Global disasters, 96 Liverpool fans died at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield in the worst stadium-related disaster in English sports history on April 1989.
Men, women, and even children are all the victims of crowd crush and it is considered the darkest day in the history of English football. Police spread false stories during the initial years that the disaster was caused due to the chaos created by drunk Liverpool supporters. But in 2016, the court ruled that the supporters were unlawfully killed. Due to grossly negligent failures by police and ambulance services to fulfill their duty of care to the supporters.