Indonesian stadium riots: At least 127 people killed after soccer match, police say

Indonesian stadium riots: At least 127 people killed after soccer match, police say
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At least 127 people are dead and hundreds more injured, police say, after chaos and violence it erupted on Saturday night after an Indonesian league soccer match between two of the country’s top teams.

Supporters of Arema FC and rival Persebaya Surabaya clashed after the local team Arema FC was beaten 3-2 in a match in the East Java city of Malang.

“First of all, a riot happened,” East Java Police Chief Nico Afinta said during a press conference after the event.

“Since the incident on Saturday (so far), 127 people have been killed, including two members of the police,” he said. About 200 people were also injured, she added.

Videos shot from inside the stadium late into the night and shared on social media showed fans, dressed in red and blue, storming the pitch and confronting Indonesian security forces, who appeared to be wearing riot gear. .

Video footage broadcast on local news channels also showed images of body bags, Reuters reported.

Smoke was also seen later, which appeared to be tear gas. videos, with several people shown being led into a building. The severity of his injuries remained unclear.

According to Afinta, when Arema FC lost 2-3 in the match against Persebaya Surabaya, their supporters stormed the field in anger.

Indonesian police officials said the violence had erupted following the loss of Arema FC, one of Indonesia's biggest soccer clubs.

There have been previous outbreaks of match problems in Indonesia, with strong rivalry between clubs sometimes leading to violence between fans.

The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) has suspended next week’s matches as a result of the deadly tragedy and banned Arema FC from hosting matches for the rest of the season.

“PSSI regrets the actions of the Aremania supporters at Kanjuruhan Stadium,” the association’s president, Mochamad Iriawan, said in a statement on Sunday.

He added that the incident had “stained the face of Indonesian football” and that they were supporting official investigations into the event.

“We are sorry and apologize to the families of the victims and all parties for the incident,” he said.

“For that, PSSI immediately formed an investigation team and immediately left for Malang,” he added.

CNN reached out to FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, for a statement but did not immediately hear back.

Persebaya issued a statement expressing their condolences, saying: “Persebaya’s great family expresses its deepest condolences for the loss of life after Arema FC vs. Persebaya party. No life is worth football”.

“Alfatihah for the victims and may the family left behind be strengthened.”

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