Violence in a football match leaves 127 dead in Indonesia | News

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At least 127 people were killed and nearly 200 injured on Saturday in a clash between fans from rival clubs at a soccer match on the Indonesian island of Java.


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"In the incident, 127 people were killed, including two policemen. 34 people died inside the stadium and the rest in hospital," the East Java province police chief said in a statement on Sunday.

The Police had to use tear gas to control the crowd when they entered the field of play at the Kanjuruhan stadium after the defeat of the Arema team 2-3 against Persebaya Surabaya.

According to the police chief, most of the deaths occurred as a result of the stampede of fans, who were trying to flee from the confrontation between supporters of both teams, when dozens of them suffocated.

The confrontation began when nearly 3,000 Arema fans stormed the pitch and began attacking the players, sparking a fierce confrontation with the security forces.

The Indonesian government apologized for the incident and promised to investigate the circumstances of the stampede.

After the fatal event, the Indonesian soccer league suspended all matches for a week, while the country's Soccer Association announced the opening of an investigation to find out the facts.

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