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Indonesia Stadium Stampede: Complete Heartbreak: Fan loses wife, two teenage daughters in Indonesia football stampede

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Indonesia Stadium Stampede: Utter heartbreak: Andi Hariyanto says he will never watch a football match again after his wife, two teenage daughters…

Indonesia Stadium Stampede: Complete Heartbreak: Andi Hariyanto says he will never watch a soccer match again after his wife, two teenage daughters and a cousin were crushed to death in a stampede at an Indonesian stadium last week. Follow the latest football updates with InsideSport.IN

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Watching local team Arema FC play on Saturday was a special outing for football fan Andi’s family, including his two-year-old son. The packed stadium in Malang in Indonesia’s East Java province descended into chaos after police fired tear gas to disperse agitated fans who had poured onto the pitch at the end of the match. It was one of the world’s worst stadium disasters.

Indonesia Stadium Stampede: Complete Heartbreak: Fan loses wife, two teenage daughters in Indonesia football stampede

Indonesia Stadium Stampede: Complete Heartbreak: Fan loses wife, two teenage daughters in Indonesia football stampede

Authorities put the latest death toll at 131. Although they remained in the stands, Andi, who was holding his son, was separated from his wife and daughters. Sputtering and stumbling through the tear gas, they managed to get to medics for help.

“They should never have fired (tear gas) into the stands because all the chaos was down on the field,” said the 36-year-old farmer.

Soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, bans the use of “crowd control gas” at matches, and an Indonesian police watchdog has said some officers mistakenly used tear gas inside the stadium when there was no order to do so.

As the smoke cleared, Andi began searching for his wife and daughters, turning over victims who had been trampled or suffocated as they tried to escape through exits, some of which were found to be locked. “I kept searching through all the dead bodies, then I found my daughters Natasya and Naila. I struggled to find their mother,” he said, adding that his 34-year-old wife was injured and succumbed later in hospital .

Both daughters, 16 and 13 respectively, were adopted, he said. Authorities have said 33 of the victims were children between 4 and 17. “I never want to watch (football games) again. Now all I can think about is my son and I don’t have time for anything else. Now it’s important how to get food tomorrow,” Andi said.

The government is handing out 50 million rupiah ($3,287) in compensation to the families of each of the victims, and President Joko Widodo was expected to visit Malang later Wednesday

Indonesia Stadium Stampede: Complete Heartbreak: Fan loses wife, two teenage daughters in Indonesia football stampede

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