Indonesia Football Match Riot Leaves At Least 127 Dead

Riots at Indonesia Football Match Leave At Least 127 Dead

INDONESIA FOOTBALL MATCH – Police said panic at an Indonesian football match after cops fired tear gas to stop brawls left at least 127 dead.

Since the beginning of human society, sports have been a significant component of our daily lives. And over time, there have been a lot of deplorable sporting riots.

It’s often hard to accept losing. It can be tough for someone who is not directly involved in the process to accept that their team lost after placing so much hope in them.

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Based on a report from ABS-CBN, at least 127 people were killed Saturday night after a professional soccer match in Malang, Indonesia. Officials said it started when fans rushed the field and police fired tear gas to disperse them.

The Kanjuruhan Stadium served as the venue of the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya. Dozens of fans rushed the field after Arema suffered a 3-2 defeat there.

“In the incident, 127 people died, two of whom are police officers. Thirty-four people died inside the stadium and the rest died in hospital,” East Java police chief Nico Afinta said in a statement on Sunday.

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Security officers tried to keep the crowd at bay by hitting and kicking supporters. As fights broke out, the authorities fired bursts of tear gas onto the field and into the stands. It was reported that thousands of fans struggled to breathe and several eventually fainted.

“They went out to one point at the exit. Then there was a buildup, in the process of accumulation there was shortness of breath, lack of oxygen,” Afinta said.

The Indonesian government expressed regret for the incident and promised to look into the stampede’s causes.

“We’re sorry for this incident… this is a regrettable incident that ‘injures’ our football at a time when supporters can watch football matches from the stadium,” Indonesian Sports and Youth Minister Zainudin Amali told broadcaster Kompas.

“We will thoroughly evaluate the organisation of the match and the attendance of supporters. Will we return to banning supporters from attending the matches? That is what we will discuss,” he added.

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