Death toll in Indonesian football stampede reaches 174

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Xinhua News

2nd October 2022 – (Jakarta) At least 174 people have died in a fatal football stampede in the Javanese region of Malang, Deputy East Java Governor Emil Dardak told local media on Sunday. 180 others were injured, Indonesian police said.

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 said.

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 apologised for the incident, said authorities will investigate into the clashes and reassess the organisers’ management and security measures at the Indonesian football tournament.

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