At least 127 people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede following violence at a football match in Indonesia, Reuters quoted police as saying. The incident happened during a football match of Indonesian top league BRI Liga 1 at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang Regency, East Java on Saturday night.
Indonesia’s police chief in East Java province, Nico Afinta, told reporters that officials had to fire tear gas after supporters of the losing side attacked the pitch after the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya, causing a stampede and There were cases of suffocation.
Video footage posted on social media showed people running on the pitch and body bags at the stadium in Malang.
Indonesia’s Football Association (PSSI) issued a statement late on Saturday night regretting the incident and said a team has left for Malang to begin an investigation into what happened after the game.
The statement said, “PSSI regrets the action of Arema supporters at Kanjuruhan Stadium. We are sorry and apologize to the families of the victims and all parties involved in the incident. For this PSSI immediately constituted an investigation team and immediately Left for Malang.”
The league suspended games for a week following riots that killed at least 127 people and injured 180. The Arema FC team has also been banned from hosting for the rest of this season’s competition.
Akhmad Hadian Lukita, president director of the league’s owner PT LIB, said, “We announced the decision after receiving instructions from the president of PSSI. We are doing this to respect everything and are waiting for the investigation process from PSSI. “
(with inputs from agencies)