At least 129 dead in riots at an Indonesian soccer match

Officials reported that a stampede caused by police firing tear gas into throngs of rioting soccer fans on Saturday night in Indonesia resulted in at least 129 deaths.

129 people died, according to a statement from the president, Joko Widodo. 180 more people were reportedly hurt, according to local media. According to the Associated Press, 174 people may have died.

In a statement, Widodo stated, “I grieve this tragedy and I hope this is the last football disaster in the country.

After Arema FC’s 3-2 loss against Persebaya Surabaya on the road at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, the deaths occurred.

Games from the Liga 1 league of the Professional Football Association of Indonesia, or PSSI locally, are played in the stadium’s 42,000 seats.

PSSI Chief Mochamad Iriawan issued a statement saying, “We are in grief and sincerely apologize to the families of the victims and all parties over the occurrence. “PSSI created an investigating team right away and headed to Malang for that.”

Widodo imposed a suspension on the league. In addition to “a complete examination of the implementation of football matches and also the security protocols for their execution,” he called for a probe into the killings.

Videos and pictures taken inside the stadium appeared to show rioting spectators charging the field. Other pictures showed riot gear-clad police personnel on the pitch, with what appeared to be tear gas smoke rising from the stands.

According to reports, at least two police officers were among the victims.

This incident is one of the bloodiest soccer riots in recorded history. The two previous bloodiest riots that featured the deployment of tear gas took place in Ghana in 2001, where 126 people died, and Peru in 1964, where 318 people died.

No guns or “crowd control gas” shall be carried or utilized by pitchside stewards, according to FIFA, soccer’s governing body.

The tragic events that occurred in Indonesia at the conclusion of the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya at the Kanjuruhan Stadium have shocked the football world, according to FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

“Today is a tragic day for everyone associated with football, and it is beyond comprehension. I send my sincere sympathies to the families and friends of those who perished in this unfortunate catastrophe “said he. “In this difficult moment, the people of the Republic of Indonesia, its Asian Football Confederation, the Indonesian Football Association, or the Indonesian Football League are all in each other’s thoughts and prayers, together with FIFA and the entire football community.

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