125 people died and around 180 were injured in the rampage after a football match in the Indonesian province of East Java. According to police, the stadium was over capacity with around 4,000 people during the match.
After the end of the football match between Indonesia’s eternal rivals, the football club Arema and Persebaya Surabayav Malang a group of angry fans stormed the pitch, Reuters reports. “There was a mess, they started attacking policemen, smashing cars,” the East Java provincial police chief later explainedNico Affinity, adding that not all fans were violent“only about 3,000 who invaded the field”.
The police tried to calm the situation with tear gas – despite the instructions of Fifa, which advises against the use of tear gas in stadiums – with the result that panic broke out among the fans, who tried to make their way to the exits as quickly as possible. 125 people died from injuries and suffocation, many were injured. Initially, the authorities announced that more than 170 people had died, but later announced that the number of victims was fortunately somewhat lower.
Violence is common at soccer matches in Indonesia, according to the BBC, prompting the authorities to warn the team’s fans ahead of the derby Persebaya Surabaya banned the purchase of tickets. In practice, it was clearly different. The problem was also the overcrowding of the stadium – as the Indonesian Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs wrote on social networks after the event Mahfud MDwas for the match at the stadium Kanjuruhanwhich accommodates 38,000 people, sold 42,000 tickets.
President Joko Widodo described the incident as “the country’s latest football tragedy”, ordered a temporary ban on all matches in the country’s first football league and ordered a re-evaluation of security at matches.
FIFA has already requested a report on the incident from the Indonesian Football Association. It has already sent its investigators to the place, the first man of the Indonesian organization told the representatives of the seventh force Yunus Nusi. Indonesia’s Amnesty International is also planning its own investigation, focusing on the possible unjustified use of tear gas and excessive use of force in the police response to events. As Amnesty International Indonesia told Reuters, “excessive use of force to control and control such a crowd cannot be justified”.