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129 People Dead in Stampede at Indonesian Soccer Match Riot, Police Say

Published: October 3, 2022
People seen fleeing after a riot broke out in the East Java stadium on October 2, 2022 in Malang, Indonesia. (Image: Screenshot via Reuters)

Indonesian police said on Sunday, Oct. 2 that 129 people had died and at least 180 were injured after a stampede following crowd trouble at a soccer match in the province of East Java overnight.

After the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya had ended, supporters from the losing team had invaded the pitch and police had fired tear gas, triggering a stampede and cases of suffocation, East Java police chief Nico Afinta told reporters.

Footage showed people rushing onto the pitch in the stadium in Malang and injured fans being carried from the stadium.

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

There have been previous outbreaks of trouble at matches in Indonesia, with a strong rivalry between clubs sometimes leading to violence between supporters.

By Reuters. (Production: Angie Teo, Kristian Brunse)