Indonesia: 174 deaths in clashes after a soccer match



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Indonesia: 174 deaths in clashes after a soccer match

174 people died in clashes following a soccer match in Indonesia. A massacre of colossal dimensions, one of the worst tragedies in the history of soccer. This happened in Malang, East Java province, at the end of the match, when thousands of Arema FC fans entered the pitch at the Kanjuruhan stadium.

Among the victims there is also a five-year-old boy The Minister of Sport, the police and the head of the Indonesian Football Association will have to conduct a full evaluation of the football matches and the security procedures ", said the head of state in a televised speech.

The fans of Arema FC, after the 3-2 defeat suffered against the long-time rivals of Persebaya Surabaya, a team with which they have not lost for more than twenty years, have invaded the field, causing chaos in the stadium.

Many cars, including a police truck, were set on fire outside the sports facility. According to data provided by law enforcement, 13 vehicles were damaged in total. The Indonesian government apologized for the incident and promised to investigate the matter.

Indonesia: 174 deaths in clashes after a soccer match

Police officers who tried to calm down, including by throwing tear gas. Images from inside the stadium show the police throwing large numbers of tear gas and fans climbing over the fences to get to safety.

The stadium has a capacity of 42 thousand spectators and according to the data of the authorities it was completely sold-out. Only 3,000, however, the police explained, made an invasion of the field. President Joko Widodo has ordered a safety investigation during football matches.

Many tried to save themselves by climbing over the fences of the stadium, which has a capacity of 42 thousand spectators and which, according to the authorities, was sold-out. To invade the camp were 3 thousand people: many of them were crushed in the crowd while trying to escape.
A precedent with a heavier budget occurred only in 1964 during a match played in Lima, Peru, for the Olympic qualifiers: that time, again due to a mass escape, 320 people lost their lives.

Following the massacre of fans in Malang, the Indonesian government ordered an investigation into what happened. As stated by President Joko Widodo, the Minister of Sport, the police and the head of the Indonesian Football Association will have to conduct a full evaluation of the matches and safety procedures.

Video by Gazzetta dello Sport