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Over 120 fans died in Indonesia stadium invasion

Over 120 fans died in Indonesia stadium invasion

No fewer than 129 people were killed at a soccer match in Indonesia after a crowd stampede during a riot in a stadium.

Indonesian Police said on Sunday that around 180 football fans were also injured in the incident which occured on Saturday.

Multiple reports say supporters of the losing home team, Arema FC had invaded the pitch in East Java province on Saturday night to express their frustration.

The Police, in an attempt to control the situation had fired tear gas on to pitch thus leading to the stampede and suffocation,an East Java Police Chief, Nico Afinta told reporters.

“It had gotten anarchic. They started attacking officers, they damaged cars,” Nico said, adding that the crush occurred when fans fled for an exit gate

Footages from local news channels showed fans thrusting onto the pitch in the stadium in Malang after Arema FC lost to Persebaya Surabaya.

A statement by the Country’s chief security minister, Mahfud MD, in an Instagram post said that the stadium had been filled beyond its capacity. He said 42,000 tickets had been issued for a stadium that is only supposed to hold 38,000 people.

Authorities, including human rights commission have vowed to launch an investigation in to the cause of the incident

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