During a match between long-time rivals Arema FC and Persebaya in the Indonesian Football League at Kanjuruhan stadium, Malang Regency, East Java, violence erupted among the fans, resulting in a stampede on the field. Following Arema’s 3-2 loss to Persebaya, supporters of the losing team clashed, invaded the field, and caused chaos throughout the stadium. Authorities reacted quickly and fired tear gas, causing a crowd stampede that killed more than 100 people and injured at least 180 others, according to police.
In the viral videos which were taken inside the stadium, show a large amount of tear gas and people yelling at police and climbing over fences. People were carrying injured spectators throughout the chaos. According to locals, up to 3,000 supporters out of a total of 40,000 ran into the field, and at least 13 vehicles, including 10 police cars, were destroyed.
The Indonesian government apologized to the fans for the mishap following the terrible situation
Zainudin Amali, Indonesia’s minister of sports and youth, said to broadcaster Kompas, “We’re sorry for this occurrence… this is a terrible act that ‘injures’ our football at a time when supporters may watch football matches from the stadium.” “We will carefully assess how the match was organized and how many fans showed up. Will we go back to forbidding fans from attending games? We’ll talk about that.”
In Indonesia, where intense rivalries have in the past resulted in lethal clashes, fan violence is a persistent issue. Because of the history of hostility between Persebaya Surabaya and Arema FC, Persebaya Surabaya supporters were prohibited from purchasing tickets to the game.
The match should have been held in the afternoon rather than the evening, according to Mahfud MD, who claimed that the organizers disregarded this advice.
“This game… often motivates fans to quickly vent emotions,” he remarked.
The Indonesian League has now been postponed for a week as a result of this incident. The public was reassured by the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) that an investigation will be conducted.
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At least 127 Reported Dead During a match between long-time rivals Arema FC and Persebaya in the Indonesian Football League at Kanjuruhan stadium… Our Prayers Are With Them#BBNaija #indonesiastampede #teskilat #MotoGP pic.twitter.com/MwadzQ28Pf
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