Tragedy broke out in Indonesia as riots and brawls broke out in a football match which caused the death of 174 people and more than 100 people injured.
On Saturday night in the Javanese region of Malang in Indonesia tragedy took place in an Indonesian football league match causing the death of 174 people and injuring more than 100 people in it.
Emil Dardak the Governor of East Java reported the incident to the media and he also said that the event took place around 9.30 (0230 GMT), the death toll was around 158 then, and at around 10.30 the number of deaths rose to 174 within an hour. Due to this massacre, the football league suspended all the games for at least a week.
In this league there are 18 teams, this game is very popular in this country and there has always been an ambiance of violence from the very beginning because there has always been a clash between the local football clubs along with the fans.
This culture of violence in Indonesian football has always been there since the 1990s, during that time there have been a dozen of fans who killed themselves in football-related violence. According to Australian Broadcasting Corp between 1994 and 2004, 74 died due to the same issue. But the match which happened on Sunday in Kanjuruhan Stadium was the deadliest ever witnessed in football history with the maximum number of deaths ever recorded in football-related violence.
Regarding the tragedy, the president of Indonesia Joko Widodo ordered the police chief to do a thorough investigation of the incident and why it happened. He even ordered said the minister of youth and sports, the chief of the national police, and the Indonesian Football Association’s Chief to have high-quality security to be maintained in every football match in the country.
The reason behind the massacre was actually due to Arema Football Club’s defeat of 3-2 to Persebaya Surabaya the supporters of Arema took this defeat very seriously beTragedy in Indonesian Football: 174 deaths and more than 100 people injured.
The footage which was captured by the local news channels showed how the people rushed into the field of the stadium in Malang and also, and they captured the body bags which were there in the stadium.
Nico Afinta the Inspector General stated that panic was caused when the police fired tear gas on the public.
The firing of tear gas caused tension among the hundreds of people and fans and as they wanted to escape it they tried to exit the exit which caused more suffocation and a stampede which were the reasons for the deaths of so many people.