A spiral of unbridled violence has plunged football on the island of Java into horror. A pitched battle after a game in Indonesia has left at least 127 dead and 180 injured this Saturday, according to the police of the Asian country. Most of the deaths, according to the authorities, occurred after the stampede of the fans and dozens of them suffocated.
The riots broke out when fans of Arema FC in Malang district took to the pitch after their club lost the game to Persebaya Surayaba at Kanjuruhan Stadium in East Java. The officers tried unsuccessfully to placate the public with tear gas.
The images of the outbreak of violence, captured from the stands and broadcast on social networks, show how a crowd invades the field and begins a confrontation with the security forces while the teams and the referees flee the pitch to avoid the fury of the fans. The authorities have reported that two policemen are among the deceased. At least 34 people died inside the stadium and the rest during their transfer to nearby hospitals where the wounded are being treated, according to the police chief of East Java province, Nico Afinta.
The Indonesian Football Association is investigating what happened and has announced that it will suspend the league for a week. The federation has assured that the unrest “is staining the face of Indonesian football” and has added that the Arema FC team will be banned from hosting for the rest of the season.
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