Indonesian stampede kills 127 after Football fans “invade pitch”: Cops

According to Nico Afinta, a crowd stampede and reports of suffocation resulted from losing team supporters entering the field and officials firing tear gas.


According to Indonesian authorities, 127 people died and 180 were hurt in a stampede that occurred after crowd unrest during a football game in the province of East Java overnight.

According to East Java police commander Nico Afinta, after the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya finished, fans from the losing club entered the playing field and police shot tear gas, causing a stampede and cases of suffocation.

Images of body bags and people rushing onto the pitch in the Malang stadium were captured on camera by local news outlets.

Following the game, which Persebaya won 3-2, games in the top division of Indonesia’s BRI Liga 1 have been halted for a week and an inquiry has been opened, according to the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI).

There have been previous incidents of unrest at games in Indonesia, and fierce rivalries between clubs have occasionally resulted in fan violence.