FIFA World Cup

Indonesia Football Stampede: Seventeen children among the dead in Indonesian football stampede

Rate this post

Indonesia soccer stampede: 17 children were among at least 125 people killed in a weekend soccer stampede in Indonesia, officials said,…

Indonesia’s football stampede: Seventeen children were among at least 125 people killed in a football storm in Indonesia over the weekend, officials said, as pressure builds on the Southeast Asian nation to explain how one of the world’s worst stadium disasters unfolded. Follow football NEWS & LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN

Soccer match stampede: 127 killed, several injured in stampede at soccer match after riots in Indonesia

Indonesia Football Stampede: Seventeen children among the dead in Indonesian football stampede

MALANG, INDONESIA – OCTOBER 01: Soccer supporters enter the field as security officers try to disperse them during a riot after a soccer match at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, Indonesia, October 01, 2022. According to government officials, at least 174 people including police officers were mostly killed in stampedes following riots following a football match. (Photo by Suryanto/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Violence and hooliganism have long characterized Indonesian football, particularly in places like Jakarta, the capital, but Saturday’s disaster in a small town in Java has brought the problem into focus.

“My family and I didn’t think it would turn out like this,” said Endah Wahyuni, the older sister of two boys, Ahmad Cahyo, 15, and Muhammad Farel, 14, who died after being caught in the melee.

“They loved football but never saw Arema live at Kanjuruhan stadium, it was their first time,” she added at her brothers’ funeral on Sunday, referring to the home team they supported.

Indonesia Football Stampede: Seventeen children among the dead in Indonesian football stampede

1664770753 538 Indonesia Football Stampede Seventeen children among the dead in Indonesian
MALANG, INDONESIA, OCTOBER 2: Residents and supporters of Arema Malang FC light candles and pray together at Gajayana Stadium, Malang, East Java, Indonesia on October 2, 2022. The candle lighting and prayer together is an act of solidarity and concern for the victims of the soccer match riots that killed hundreds of people. (Photo by Suryanto/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The boys were among 17 children killed, state news agency Antara said, citing figures from the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection.

“Seventeen children died and seven were treated, but there is a possibility that may increase,” said Nahar, a ministry official.

Indonesian daily Koran Tempo ran a black front page on Monday, centered on the words “Our football tragedy”, printed in red along with a list of the dead.

Saturday’s deadly crush came as panicked spectators tried to escape the packed stadium after police fired tear gas to disperse fans from the losing home team who ran onto the pitch at the end of the match.

1664770753 671 Indonesia Football Stampede Seventeen children among the dead in Indonesian
MALANG, INDONESIA – OCTOBER 02: People pass a damaged police vehicle outside Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, Indonesia on October 02, 2022. At least 127 people including police officers were killed mostly in stampedes after a clash between fans of two Indonesian football team, according to the police. (Photo by Aman Rochman/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Home team Arema FC had lost the match 3-2 to Persebaya Surabaya, although authorities had said no tickets were issued to Persebaya’s fans due to security concerns.

The incident was a “dark day for all involved”, said FIFA, world football’s governing body, which has asked Indonesian football authorities for a report on the incident.

Its security regulations state that firearms or “crowd control gas” should not be used in fights. Police and sports officials have been sent to Malang to investigate an incident that is among the world’s deadliest stadium disasters.

Indonesia Football Stampede: Seventeen children among the dead in Indonesian football stampede

1664770753 586 Indonesia Football Stampede Seventeen children among the dead in Indonesian
MALANG, INDONESIA, OCTOBER 2: A man cries knowing that his family members were victims of a riot at a football match at a public hospital in Malang, East Java, on October 2, 2022. At least 174 people, two of them police personnel , was reportedly killed due to a riot involving supporters of a football match last night. (Photo by Suryanto/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

“All those responsible should be held accountable for this disaster, regardless of their status or position,” Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for the New York-based Human Rights Watch said Monday.

“It is not enough for the national police and the Indonesian Football Association to conduct their own investigation because they may be tempted to downplay or undermine the full responsibility of the officials involved.” he added in a statement.

Indonesia Football Stampede: Seventeen children among the dead in Indonesian football stampede

Follow InsideSport on GOOGLE NEWS / Follow football NEWS & LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN

READ  Bayern Munich squad depth for the 2022/23 season - Big sports news

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button