Explainer: What’s behind Indonesia’s deadly soccer match? | Football News

JAKARTA: Violence and a deadly stampede that erupted after a domestic soccer game on Saturday night marked another tragedy in the country. Indonesian football.
Here’s a look at how chaos occurs and what is being done to prevent future problems.
Chaos broke out after Persebaya Surabaya beat the opponent Arema Malang 3-2 in Saturday night’s match in Malang city, East Java province. Police said there were about 42,000 spectators in the stadium, all of them Arema fans because the organizers had banned Persebaya fans to avoid scuffles.


In the photo: More than 150 people died after a stampede at a football match

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More than 150 people have been killed and about 180 injured at a soccer match in Indonesia after crowds trampled in a riot, police say, in one of the worst stadium disasters ever. world. (AP Photo)

But the disappointing loss to Arema – the first to lose to rivals Persebaya at home – sent angry spectators pouring onto the pitch after the game demanding answers. Fans threw bottles and other objects at players and football officials and riots spread outside the stadium, where at least five police cars overturned and caught fire and others were damaged. broken. Riot police responded with tear gas, which is banned by FIFA from football stadiums. But it sparked panic.

Hundreds of spectators flocked to the exit gates to avoid tear gas, resulting in a stampede or suffocating 34 people almost instantly, with many more dying from their injuries.
In one of the worst sports disasters, police say at least 174 people died, including children and two policemen, most of whom were trampled.
More than 100 people were injured. Police say the death toll is likely to rise higher with many in critical condition.

Data from an Indonesian football monitoring organization, Save Our Soccer, shows that at least 86 Indonesian football fans have died since 1995 related to supporting their club during a match. Most of them died from scuffles between fans.
Saturday’s riots and stampedes will be added to the long list of events where fans have died in support of their football clubs.
Football is the most popular sport in Indonesia and the domestic league is watched by many. Fans are very attached to their clubs, and such fanaticism often ends in violence and hooliganism. But riots among fans often occur outside the stadium.

The best known feud is between Persija Jakarta and Persib Bandung. Supporters of the two clubs clashed in several matches resulting in deaths. In 2018, a fan of Persija Jakarta was beaten to death by rival Persib Bandung.
Indonesian football also has difficulties in the international arena. Clashes broke out between supporters of the Indonesian and Malaysian arc team in 2019 during qualifying matches for this year’s FIFA World Cup. In September of that year, Malaysian fans were threatened and hurled bullets during World Cup qualifiers in Jakarta, and Malaysia’s sports minister had to be evacuated from the stadium after violence broke out. Two months later, fans threw flares and bottles at each other during another match in Kuala Lumpur.

Also in 2019, after the defeat of U-22 Vietnam in the final of the Southeast Asian Games, Indonesian fans took to social networks to insult, harass, threaten to kill Vietnamese players and even their families.
In June, two Persib Bandung fans died as they jostled their way into the stadium in Bandung to watch the 2022 President’s Cup. Angry supporters turned aggressive because field staff wouldn’t let them in. The stadium was already packed.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed his deepest regrets and ordered a full investigation of the incident. He has also ordered the suspension of the top soccer league until a re-evaluation of game safety and tighter security is in place. Widodo said he hopes “this tragedy will be the last tragedy of Indonesian football.”
The Indonesian Football Association has also banned Arema from hosting football matches for the remainder of the season. Human rights group Amnesty International called on Indonesia to investigate the use of tear gas at the stadium and ensure that those found in violation will be tried in public courts.


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