Oct 02, 2022 08:51 UTC
  • Indonesia pres. orders probe after over 170 killed in stadium stampede

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered a safety review of the country’s soccer matches after nearly 175 people were killed and around 180 injured in a stampede triggered by clashes between fans of the nation’s biggest teams and police.

According to Press TV, Widodo in a televised statement on Sunday ordered the country's sports and youth minister, national police chief and Indonesian football association (PFFI) chief “to conduct a thorough evaluation of football matches and the security procedures.”

He ordered the country's soccer association (PSSI) to stop Liga 1 matches until the investigation had been concluded, and called for this to be the “last soccer tragedy in the nation.”

At least 174 people were killed and around 180 injured at a soccer match after chaos and violence erupted at an Indonesian soccer stadium in East Java, a police spokesperson said on Sunday.

Police fired tear gas to control the situation after clashes broke out between football fans of the Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya when the supporters from the losing team invaded the pitch, triggering a stampede and cases of suffocation, East Java police chief Nico Afinta told reporters.

“It had gotten anarchic. They started attacking officers, they damaged cars,” Afinta said, adding that the crush occurred when fans fled for an exit gate. According to the reports 13 vehicles were damaged, including 10 police cars.

“They went out to one point at the exit, then there was a buildup – in the process of accumulation there was shortness of breath, lack of oxygen,” he added.

The head of one of the hospitals in the area treating patients told Metro TV that some of the victims had sustained brain injuries and that the dead included a five-year-old child.

The country's Chief Security Minister, Mahfud MD, in an Instagram post said that the stadium had been filled beyond its capacity. He said 42,000 tickets had been issued for a stadium that is only supposed to hold 38,000 people.