Offbeat: Indonesia: more than 120 dead in violence after a football match

EXPLAINER: What's behind Indonesia's deadly soccer match?

  EXPLAINER: What's behind Indonesia's deadly soccer match? JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Violence and a deadly stampede that erupted following a domestic league soccer match Saturday night marked another tragedy in Indonesian football. Here's a look at how the chaos occurred and what is being done to prevent future incidents. ___ HOW DID THE CHAOS OCCUR? Chaos broke out after Persebaya Surabaya defeated rival Arema Malang 3-2 in Saturday night’s match in East Java’s province Malang city. Police said there were some 42,000 spectators in the stadium, all of whom were Arema’s supporters because the organizer had banned Persebaya fans in an effort to avoid brawls.

Policiers et soldats au milieu de la fumée de gaz lacrymogène après des affrontements entre supporters lors d'un match de football au stade de Kanjuruhan à Malang, dans l'est de Java, en Indonésie, samedi 1er octobre 2022. © AP - Yudha Prabowo Police and soldiers in the middle of tear gas smoke after clashes between supporters in a football match at Kanjuruhan stadium In Malang, in eastern Java, Indonesia, Saturday October 1, 2022.

at least 127 people died on Saturday evening October 1 in Indonesia due to a crowd movement caused by angry fans who have invaded a field Football after a match and by the tear gas shot by the police, police announced.

Supporters of the Arema FC team entered the field of the Kanjuruhan stadium, in the city of Malang (east), after the defeat of their team 3 to 2 against that of Persebaya Surabaya. It was the first time in more than twenty years that the Arema FC lost to its great rival.

Indonesia: at least 125 dead after violence in a football stadium, "a tragedy beyond the imaginable"

 Indonesia: at least 125 dead after violence in a football stadium, © Str The violence of the supporters is a problem in Indonesia, where the long-standing rivalries have Transformed into mortal clashes, as Saturday evening in Malang. AFP is one of the worst dramas ever occurring in a stadium. The human assessment, revised upwards then down this Sunday morning, now reports at least 125 dead in Indonesia, during a crowd movement after fans invaded a football field at the end a match on Saturday evening.

The police, who described this event as "riots", tried to persuade fans to regain the stands and pulled tear gas after the death of two police officers. Many victims have been fatally trampled on.

“In the incident, 127 people died, among whom two were police. Thirty-four people died inside the stadium and the rest succumbed to the hospital, "said local police chief Nico in a statement. “At one point, they went to the exit. But there was an accumulation (of people) and, in this process of accumulation (people) had the breath, a lack of oxygen, "he explained.

Towards an

investigation The Indonesian government apologized for this incident and promised to investigate the circumstances of this crowd movement. "We are sorry for this incident (...) It is an unfortunate incident that" hurts "our football at a time when supporters can attend a match in a stadium," said Indonesian Minister of Sports and the Youth Zainudin Amali to the Kompas channel. “We will examine in depth the organization of the match and the number of supporters (in the stadium). Will we prohibit the presence of supporters during matches again? We will discuss it, ”he added.

(with AFP)

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