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Death toll from Indonesia football riot, stampede jumps to 174: Official

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MALANG, INDONESIA - Football supporters enter the pitch as security officers try to disperse them during a riot following a soccer match at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, Indonesia, 01 October 2022. (Suryanto - Anadolu Agency)
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Oct 03, 2022 - 01:05 AM

ANKARA (AA) – The death toll from a stampede and riot at a football game in Indonesia rose to 174, a government official said on Sunday.

After supporters of the losing home team stormed the pitch in the East Java province on late Saturday, officers fired tear gas to disperse them, triggering the stampede and cases of suffocation, East Java police chief Nico Afinta told reporters.

Deputy East Java Governor Emil Dardak told the local Kompas TV that more than 100 people were also injured in the incident and that they are under treatment in eight hospitals.

A video shared on social media shows fans, dressed in red and blue, storming the pitch after Arema FC lost 3-2 to Persebaya Surabaya and clashing with security forces, who appeared to be wearing riot gear.

Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said authorities would reevaluate safety at football matches and consider not allowing spectators at matches after the stampede.

The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) has suspended next week’s matches because of the tragedy and banned Arema FC from hosting matches for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mohammad Mahfud Mahmodin said: “I need to emphasize that the tragedy was not a clash between Persebaya fans and Arema. Because in that match Persebaya supporters were not allowed to watch.”

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