At least 129 dead after stampede at Indonesian soccer match, police say


At least 129 people were killed and about 180 injured as crowds erupted during a riot at a soccer match in Indonesia.

The match between home side Arema FC and rivals Persebaya Surabaya was held on Saturday night at Kanjurhan Stadium in East Java, Indonesia. Arema FC lost to him 2-3.

After the match, several spectators rushed onto the pitch. A brawl broke out between two rival soccer supporters of his team. Riot police then fired tear gas, causing panic and resulting in the stampede, East Java police chief Niko Afinta told reporters.

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A car set on fire outside the Kanjurhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, October 2, 2022. (Putri/AFP via Getty Images)

More than 300 people were rushed to nearby hospitals to be treated for their injuries, but many died en route or during treatment, Afinta said. He said many of the 180 injured were deteriorating, meaning the death toll could rise.

Video footage on a local news channel showed images of body bags as people flooded the pitch of Malang’s stadium.

on social media picture Scenes from the stampede showed people running towards the stadium and the police dispersing as soon as they entered the stadium, chasing them with batons. The footage also showed that smoke suddenly appeared on the football field and people were scattered.

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A group of people carry a man after a football match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya at Kanjurhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, Indonesia, October 1, 2022. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Hundreds of people ran to the exit gates trying to avoid the tear gas. Some suffocated in the chaos, others were trampled, and 34 died almost instantly.

Indonesia’s Minister of Sports Zainuddin Amari told Compass TV that the ministry would reassess safety at football matches, including keeping spectators out of stadiums.

Indonesia will host the FIFA U-20 World Cup in May and June 2023.

Reuters and Associated Press contributed to this report.

Mimi Nguyen Lee


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