Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2022. 8:59 pm CST.
Photo Credit: The Guardian
By Breaking Belize News Staff: At least 129 people are dead and some 180 were injured following a riot and stampede that broke out at a football match in Indonesia, The Guardian reports.
Madness ensued after football club Arema was defeated 3-2 by Persebaya Surubaya at the match in Malang Regency, East Java.
Fans of the losing team stormed the pitch following the loss causing police to fire tear gas at the unruly crowd which caused a crowd stampede and cases of suffocation, according to reports.
34 people died in the stadium and others at the hospital. Those dead include two police officers. Many people were crushed as they ran for the exits.
Indonesia’s chief security minister, Mahfud MD, said the number of spectators exceeded the capacity of the Kanjuruhan stadium.
He said in an Instagram post that 42,000 tickets had been issued for a stadium that had a capacity to hold 38,000 people.
The head of the Malang Regency health office, Wiyanto Wijoyo, said earlier that officials were still collating the numbers of the injured.
The Indonesian league has been suspended for a week as a result of the deadly incident.
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