Over 182 have been confirmed dead while hundreds more are injured after a stampede that happened following a football match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya in Malang, Indonesia.
The disaster happened after Arema FC supporters invaded the pitch following a 3 – 2 home loss to their long time rivals Persebaya Surabaya in an East Java Derby in Indonesia Liga 1 match.
Police trying to contain invading fans fired tear gas that suffocated fans in the stadium stands putting a panic exit that caused a stampede.
“First of all, a riot happened,” Nico said. “It had gotten anarchic. They (the fans) started attacking officers, they damaged cars.” East Java police Chief Nico Afinta said during a press conference following the event.
Two police officers are among those confirmed dead in an event where over 180 people sustained serious injuries.
Arema FC and Persebaya are two biggest football clubs in the country’s top division and have maintained rivalry for years.
Videos that were filmed by fans inside the stadium and shared on Social Media showed fans dressed in Arema FC jerseys storming the field and clashing with security forces who appeared putting on riot gear.
This is the deadliest football related disaster in Asia and the second in the whole world only surpassed by the The Estadio Nacional disaster of 24 May 1964 in Lima, Peru which happened at a Soccer match between Peru and Argentina.where 328 p3ople