One of the deadliest stadium tragedies in history occurred at an Indonesian football game, where at least 125 people perished in a crash.
In the aftermath of the host team Arema FC’s defeat to ferocious opponents at the packed stadium late on Saturday in Malang, East Java, some 180 people also sustained injuries.
After police used tear gas to disperse people who had entered the pitch, the crash occurred.
Thousands rushed towards the exits of Kanjuruhan stadium as panic ensued; several of them suffocated.
According to Fifa, which oversees football worldwide, neither stewards nor police officers at games should possess nor employ “crowd control gas.”
It was “a horrible day for those involved in football and a tragedy beyond comprehension,” according to Fifa President Gianni Infantino.
The disaster’s death toll was first reported by Indonesian officials to be as high as 174, however, this number was eventually lowered lower.
All games in Indonesia’s premier league must be postponed until an inquiry is completed, per a directive from President Joko Widodo.
After the final whistle signaled the home team’s 2-3 loss, fans can be seen surging onto the field in videos from the stadium, and police are shown responding by shooting tear gas at the crowd.
Social media videos depict supporters scaling barriers to get away. Videos from many sources seem to depict motionless victims on the ground.
The act, according to the Indonesian football organization (PSSI), has “tarnished the face of Indonesian football,” and an investigation has been opened.
In Indonesia, there has always been violence at football games between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya.
Due to concerns about altercations, Persebaya Surabaya supporters were not permitted to purchase tickets for the game.
The match at Kanjuruhan stadium, which has a declared capacity of 38,000, had 42,000 tickets sold as of the time Mahfud MD, the chief security minister, posted on Instagram.
After directing that all Liga 1 matches be suspended while an investigation is conducted, President Widodo urged that this be the “final soccer tragedy in the nation.”