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Indonesia stampede: Indonesia to demolish the football stadium where over 130 were killed by the stampede

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Indonesia stampede: Indonesia will demolish and rebuild a soccer stadium where a stampede killed more than 130 people this month, President Joko…

Indonesia’s onslaught: Indonesia will demolish and rebuild a soccer stadium where a stampede killed more than 130 people this month, President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday as he vowed to “fundamentally transform” the sport in the soccer-mad nation. Follow football NEWS & LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN

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Indonesia stampede: Indonesia to demolish the football stadium where over 130 were killed by the stampede

The president, popularly known as Jokowi, spoke to reporters at the State Palace after meeting Gianni Infantino, head of world football’s governing body FIFA.

“Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang […] we will demolish it and rebuild in accordance with FIFA standards,” he said.

The deadly stampede after a league match in the city of Malang on October 1 has been blamed on police firing tear gas into the stadium, a crowd control measure banned by FIFA. The president said he had agreed with Infantino on significant changes to how the sport was managed in Indonesia.

“We agreed to thoroughly transform Indonesian football,” he said. “Every aspect of the preparation … must be based on FIFA standards.”

The meeting between Jokowi and Infantino comes after Indonesia and FIFA agreed to form a joint task force in the wake of the stadium tragedy and as the country prepares to host the U20 World Cup next year. Speaking alongside Jokowi, Infantino said FIFA’s first priority was to ensure the safety of both players and fans in the Southeast Asian nation.

“This is a football country, a country where football is a passion for over 100 million people,” he said. “We owe it to them that when they watch a game, they are safe and secure.”

Infantino, who presented the president with a red FIFA shirt with his name printed across it, said the global soccer body would work closely with the government to ensure all stadiums met safety requirements and that the U20 World Cup ran smoothly next year.

Under pressure to explain what caused one of the world’s deadliest stadium disasters, a fact-finding team formed by the government released a report last week which concluded that the “excessive” and “indiscriminate” use of tear gas was the leading cause of death.

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As fans tried to leave the stadium after the defeat of home team Arema FC against Persebaya Surabaya, they were caught in a deadly crush where many, including more than 40 minors, died of suffocation.

The report also identified other contributing factors, including the stadium being filled beyond capacity, locked exit doors and a push by league officials to hold the game at night to ensure better ratings for a local television station, despite a request from police to host a match between fierce rivals during the day.

The fact-finding team also said that more than three hours of CCTV footage around an hour after the match had been deleted. The team has requested the police to provide this footage.

The team also called on the head of the Indonesian Football Association to resign.

Indonesia stampede: Indonesia to demolish the football stadium where over 130 were killed by the stampede

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