Saturday football stadium stampede claimed at least 174 lives.

One of the greatest stadium tragedies in history occurred at an Indonesian football game, where a stampede claimed at least 174 lives.

After the home team Arema FC fell to fierce rivals at the crowded stadium late on Saturday in Malang, East Java, some 180 other people were harmed in the crush.

After police used tear gas to disperse fans who had entered the pitch, there was a stampede.

Thousands rushed towards the exits of Kanjuruhan stadium as panic ensued; several of them suffocated.

The death toll was initially reported as being around 130, but Emil Dardak, East Java's deputy governor, later disclosed a considerable increase that brought the number to 174 and added that 11 additional persons had been gravely injured.

All games in Indonesia's premier league must be postponed until an inquiry is completed, per a directive from President Joko Widodo.

The official 38,000 capacity of Kanjuruhan stadium, according to Indonesia's senior security minister, was exceeded by about 4,000 attendees.

Videos taken inside the stadium show fans rushing onto the field following the final whistle, which signalled the home team's 2-3 loss.

According to Nico Afinta, the East Java police chief, authorities shot tear gas into the crowd, causing a stampede and some incidents of asphyxia.

"It had become chaotic. They began assaulting police officers, causing damage to automobiles, "Two police officers were among the dead, he added.

"We want to make it clear that not all of them practised anarchism. Fewer than 3,000 people entered the pitch, "said he.

Running fans "went to a specific location at the exit. Then there was a buildup, and when that happened, there was oxygen deprivation and shortness of breath "he continued.

Social media videos depict supporters scaling barriers to get away. Videos from many sources seem to depict motionless victims on the ground.

According to Fifa, who oversees football worldwide, neither stewards nor police officers at games should possess nor employ "crowd control gas."

The act, according to the Indonesian football organisation (PSSI), has "tarnished the face of Indonesian football," and an investigation has been opened.

In Indonesia, there has always been violence at football games between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya.

Due to concerns about altercations, Persebaya Surabaya supporters were not permitted to purchase tickets for the game.

Mahfud MD, the chief security minister, announced on Instagram that 42,000 tickets for the game at the Kanjuruhan stadium had been sold.

After directing that all Liga 1 matches be suspended while an investigation is conducted, President Widodo urged that this be the "final soccer tragedy in the nation."

Inside Kanjuruhan stadium, damaged police vehicles were parked on the field.
The stampede is one of a tragically long list of stadium mishaps, ranking among the worst.

At a Peru-Argentina Olympic qualifying match in Lima in 1964, a stampede resulted in 320 fatalities and more than 1,000 injuries.

During the European Cup final between Liverpool (England) and Juventus in 1985, supporters were pushed against a wall that later collapsed, resulting in 39 fatalities and 600 injuries at the Heysel stadium in Brussels, Belgium (Italy).

At the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, a crush occurred during a match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest that resulted in the deaths of 97 Liverpool supporters.

Source: BBC

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