At least 174 people were killed and nearly 180 injured at a football match in Indonesia when panicked fans tried to be crushed during riots, officials said on Sunday.
At 8 p.m. local time on Saturday, a match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya began at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, Indonesia.
The match ends with a 3–2 loss to home team Arema Persebaya Surabaya shortly before 10 pm.
After the referee blew the final whistle, angry supporters of the home side invaded the pitch. Video footage shot by a Reuters witness showed fans clashing with police on the pitch.
East Java Police Chief Nico Afinta told reporters that police fired tear gas shells to control the situation, causing panicked fans to scramble to exit an exit door, triggering a stampede and cases of suffocation. appeared.
The police chief says that there is a crush at gate 10 in the stadium. According to a Twitter account posted by a fan, screams can be heard near the exit gate as fans try to run away with women and children from among those caught in the crush.
Video footage on local channels showed fans being taken out of the stadium.
Outside the stadium, supporters and police were involved in more clashes, with videos and photos circulating on social media showing police cars being torched.
The country’s Chief Security Minister Mahfood MD said that the stadium is overfilled to its capacity. He says 42,000 tickets were issued for a stadium which is likely to seat only 38,000 people.
On Sunday morning, President Joko Widodo, in a video address, ordered the football association to suspend all matches in the country’s top league, the BRI Liga 1, until security checks at matches were completed.
* Compiled from local news, video footage, police statements and witness accounts on Twitter.