At least 129 people were killed and 180 others injured after a
stempede and clashes at a football match in Indonesia’s Malang,
East Java province on Saturday evening, Indonesian police said on
reports citing Xinhua.
Provincial police chief Nico Afinta said at a press conference
that the chaos happened on late Saturday at the Kanjuruhan Stadium
in Malang regency right after Arema Malang club lost to Persebaya
Surabaya in the Indonesian Liga 1 football contest.
Two policemen were among the killed in the incident, he
Afinta said preliminary findings showed that most of the deaths
were due to the stampede, while other people may have died because
of breathing difficulties.
“Around 34 people died inside the stadium and the rest died in
hospital,” Afinta said.
According to the police official, a large number of supporters
of the losing team refused to accept the defeat of the game and
climbed over the fence and entered the football pitch, resulting in
clashes with the police and a stampede.
According to local media reports, supporters of both football
teams brawled and fought inside the stadium, and riot police fired
tear gas at them, which caused panic among crowds. People scrambled
to leave the stadium, leading to a stampede at an exit.
Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali apologized
for the incident, said authorities will investigate into the
clashes and reassess the organizers’ management and security
measures at the Indonesian football tournament.