At Least 125 Killed in Indonesian Soccer Stadium Crush
At least 125 people have been killed after an Indonesian league soccer match descended into chaos, ultimately resulting in a fatal crush.
Supporters of two of Indonesia’s biggest soccer teams, Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya, clashed in the stands before violence spread onto the pitch. Police fired tear gas at the fans, prompting a crush as they raced towards exits.
Already one of the deadliest stadium disasters in history, the death toll is expected to rise with more than 300 people injured and some in critical condition.
Indonesia’s national police chief confirmed that two police officers were also among the dead.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced the suspension of all league matched pending the outcome of investigations he had ordered into the disaster.
“I have specially requested the police chief to investigate and get to the bottom of this case,” Jokowi said in a televised speech. “Sportsmanship, humanity and brotherhood should be upheld in Indonesia.”
“I regret this tragedy and hope that it will be the last to occur in Indonesian football. We cannot have anymore (of this) in the future.”