174 people die in a tragedy at a stadium in Indonesia

At least 174 people have died at an Indonesian soccer match in one of the worst stadium disasters of all time.

The death toll could rise as another 180 people were injured in a scrum after hosts Arema FC lost 3-2 to Persebaya Surabaya.

Arema FC fans appeared to encroach on the pitch after the game’s final whistle in Malang, East Java, leading to police officers firing tear gas in retaliation.

Thousands of fans ran out of Kanjuruhan Stadium in a panic, but many died of asphyxiation on the way out.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has suspended all football in his country’s top flight – BRI League 1 – while an investigation into the tragedy is carried out.

East Java Police Chief Nico Afinta told the BBC: “It had become anarchic. They started attacking officers, they damaged cars.

“That’s what we want to convey…not everyone was anarchic. Only about 3,000 who entered the field.

https://theathletic.com/3648450/2022/10/02/174-indonesia-stadium-tragedy/?source=rss 174 people die in a tragedy at a stadium in Indonesia

John Verrall

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