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Indonesia police say at least 129 people killed in stampede at football match

The number of spectators exceeded the capacity of the stadium in Indonesia, where there was a stampede of 129. had died

The number of spectators exceeded the capacity of the stadium in Indonesia, where there was a stampede of 129. had died

Indonesian police said on Sunday that at least 129 people were killed and 180 injured in a stampede that broke out after a crowd at a football match in East Java province.

East Java Police Chief Nico Afinta told reporters that after the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya ended, supporters of the losing team attacked the pitch and police fired tear gas, causing a stampede and suffocation. Knee cases have come to the fore.

Indonesia’s Chief Security Minister Mahfud MD said the number of spectators exceeded the capacity of a stadium. In an Instagram post, he said that 42,000 tickets had been issued for a stadium that had a seating capacity of 38,000 people.

Video footage from local news channels showed images of people running on the pitch at Malang’s stadium and carrying body bags.

Indonesia’s Sports Minister Zainuddin Amli said officials would re-evaluate security at football matches and consider not allowing spectators.

Indonesian top league BRI Liga 1 has suspended games for a week after the match that Persebaya won 3-2 and an investigation was launched, the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) said.

Matches in Indonesia have had prior outbreaks of trouble, with a strong rivalry between clubs sometimes leading to violence between supporters.

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