At least 127 killed after riot breaks out at football match | World News
At least 127 people were killed after a riot at a football match in Indonesia, a police official said.
Violence broke out at a stadium in East Java during the match between Arema and Persebaya Surabaya.
Chaos erupted after the game ended 2-3 for the away team – and according to local reports, thousands of Arema fans took to the field after their team lost.
It is also thought that a number of Arema players who were still on the field at the time were attacked.
About 180 people are being treated in hospital – and it is believed a stampede began when police fired tear gas into the crowd.
A local health official said many of the victims died from “chaos, overcrowding, trampling and suffocation”.
Two of those killed at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang province are believed to be police officers.
The Indonesian Football Federation has now been suspended for a week, and Arema is banned from hosting matches for the rest of the season. Further sanctions may be imposed.
The president of the country’s football association, Mochamad Iriawan, apologized to the families of the victims.
He added that the incident “really tarnishes the face of Indonesian football”.
More than a dozen vehicles were located on the grounds of the stadium, and many of them were police cars.