At least 129 people killed in a stampede on Kanjuruhan Stadium in Indonesia after a soccer match

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At least 129 people were killed and about 200 more injured late on Saturday on the Kanjuruhan Stadium in East Java province’s Malang city in Indonesia when a riot and stampede occurred after an Indonesian league soccer match between two of the nation’s biggest teams. Supporters of Arema FC and rival Persebaya Surabaya were involved after Arema FC lost 2-3. Police intervention was strong using tear gas. Clouds of smoke erupted in the arena. Hundreds of people ran to an exit gate. Some of the killed people in the stampede suffocated as they tried to exit the stadium. At least two police officers were among the dead.

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The death toll is likely still increasing. The removal of Malang Police Chief Ferli Hidayat is now asked. There have been previous outbreaks of trouble at matches in Indonesia, with a strong rivalry between clubs. “Until death,” is a common refrain among many dedicated Indonesian soccer fans. Soccer teams often travel to games in armored vehicles to avoid being pelted with rocks and other projectiles.Sports and Youth Minister Zainudin Amali said he has asked for a full investigation into the tragedy. He aaded authorities would re-evaluate safety at football matches and consider not allowing spectators. The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) has suspended matches next week. Indonesia is scheduled to host the FIFA World Cup U-20 in May and June next year. It’s also one of three countries bidding to stage next year’s Asian Cup.