At least 174 people have died in a fatal football stampede in the Javanese region of
Malang, Deputy East Java Governor Emil Dardak told local media on Sunday.
About 180 were hurt in the crush after local team Arema F.C.
Persebaya Surabaya in East Java.
The country’s chief security minister said spectators exceeded the stadium’s 38,000
capacity by abound 4,000 people.
President Joko Widodo has ordered that all matches in Indonesia’s top league must
be stopped until an investigation has been concluded.
Videos show fans running on to the pitch after the final whistle.
Police then fired tear gas, leading to a crowd stampede and cases of suffocation, said
Nico Afinta, police chief in East Java.
“It had gotten anarchic. They started attacking officers, they damaged cars,” he said,
adding that two police officers were among the dead.
“We would like to convey that… not all of them were anarchic. Only about 3,000 who
entered the pitch,” he said.
Fleeing fans “went out to one point at the exit. Then there was a build-up, in the
process of accumulation there was shortness of breath, lack of oxygen”, he added.
Videos on social media show fans clambering over fences to escape. Separate videos
appear to show lifeless bodies on the floor
Fifa, the world’s governing football body, states that no “crowd control gas” should be
carried or used by stewards or police at matches.
The Indonesian football association (PSSI) said it had launched an investigation,
adding that the incident had “tarnished the face of Indonesian football”.
Violence at football matches is not new in Indonesia, and Arema FC and Persebaya
Surabaya are long-time rivals.
Persebaya Surabaya fans were banned from buying tickets for the game because of
fears of clashes.
But Chief Security Minister Mahfud MD posted on Instagram that 42,000 tickets had
been sold for the match at the Kanjuruhan stadium.
President Widodo called for this to be the “last soccer tragedy in the nation” after
ordering that all Liga 1 games should be paused pending an investigation.
The stampede is the latest in a long line of disasters at stadiums.