After a football game in Indonesia, there are serious riots and mass panic. FIFA President Infantino speaks of a “dark day”.
+++ 16:07: The police have reduced the number of deaths in the stampede after a football game in the Indonesian province of East Java from 174 to 125 people. The originally higher number was due to the fact that some bodies were counted more than once, said national police chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo on Sunday, according to dpa. The head of the local civil protection authority, Budi Santoso, also spoke of more than 300 injuries. Some are in critical condition.
Dozens dead after football game in Indonesia: “Football world in shock”
+++ 1:03 p.m .: President Gianni Infantino of the world football association FIFA reacted with great dismay to the severe mass panic in a stadium in Indonesia with more than 170 dead. “The football world is in shock after the tragic events,” the 52-year-old Swiss said in a FIFA statement on Sunday (October 2). “This is a dark day for everyone involved in football and a tragedy beyond imagination. I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims who lost their lives in this tragic incident.”
At least 174 people died in one of the worst disasters in football history. This was announced by Emir Dardak, Deputy Governor of the region, on Kompas TV on Sunday. More than 100 injured were taken to hospitals, eleven are in critical condition, he said. Thirty-four people died on the field at Kanjuruhan Stadium, with the rest in hospitals, provincial police chief Nico Afinta said, according to radio station Elshinta and broadcaster tvOne . He initially gave no information about the cause of the riots. Police used tear gas to disperse rioting fans, Afinta said.
Around 42,000 people attended the Premier League game between Arema FC and Persebaya FC, said Ferli Hidayat, Malang’s local police chief. All were Arema fans because the organizer had banned Persebaya fans from entering the stadium to avoid brawls. Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for a “thorough” investigation in a speech.
Serious riots after a soccer game in Indonesia: the number of deaths is increasing
Update from Sunday, October 2, 9:31 a.m .: The number of deaths in a mass panic after a soccer game in the Indonesian province of East Java has risen to 174. This was announced by Emir Dardak, Deputy Governor of the region, on Kompas TV on Sunday.
The riots broke out after the first division game between Arema FC and Persebaya FC. After the 3-2 defeat in Malang, thousands of spectators stormed the pitch. The police used tear gas.
Serious riots after soccer game in Indonesia: 129 people die
First report from Sunday, October 2nd: Malang – At least 129 people died in serious riots following a soccer game in the Indonesian province of East Java. Police used tear gas to disperse the rampaging fans, provincial police chief Nico Afinta said at an impromptu press conference on Sunday. 34 people died on the field of Kanjuruhan Stadium, all others in hospitals, Afinta said, according to radio station Elshinta and station tvOne. He initially gave no information about the cause of the riots.
The riots broke out after the first division game between Arema FC and Persebaya FC. After the 3-2 defeat in Malang, thousands of spectators stormed the pitch. Photos published on the tvOne website show, among other things, a completely destroyed car in the stadium. Further pictures show the storming of the square and clouds of smoke on the square and in the grandstands.
Serious riots after soccer game in Indonesia: 180 injured in clinics
Two members of the police were also among the dead, said provincial police chief Afinta. Most people died from lack of oxygen. According to him, around 180 people are still in clinics. The riots also damaged 13 vehicles, including ten police vehicles.
The Arema and Persebaya football clubs expressed their condolences to the victims and their families. “Arema FC extends its deepest condolences for the disaster in Kanjuruhan. Arema FC’s management is also responsible for dealing with the casualties, both dead and injured,” said club boss Abdul Haris. The club will set up a crisis center and a victim information center. “To the families of the victims, the management of Arema FC sincerely apologizes and stands ready to provide compensation. Management stands ready to accept proposals for how to deal with the disaster so that many will be saved,” Haris said.
Violent riots broke out after a soccer game in Mexico. Several people were injured.
Riots after soccer game in Indonesia: Game operations are suspended for a week
The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) suspended play in the first division for a week. Arema were banned from playing home games for the remainder of the season. In addition, the association had set up an investigation team that was supposed to start work on Sunday. “PSSI regrets the actions of Aremania supporters at Kanjuruhan Stadium. We are sorry and apologize to the families of the victims and to everyone involved in the incident,” said Mochamad Iriawan, President of the Union. The police will be assisted in the investigation. (dpa)