Indonesia from Liga 1 teams arema After the match played between Malang FC and Persebaya Surabaya on Saturday, there was a clash between the fans and thousands of football fans flocked to the exits of Kanjuruhan Stadium.
In the stadium disaster that took place on Saturday evening, 125 people lost their lives and 304 people were injured, 21 of them seriously.
While the event was on the world agenda as ‘one of the worst stadium disasters in the world’; The International Association of Football Associations (FIFA) lowered the flags at half-mast at its headquarters in Switzerland. Indonesia’s Minister of Security, on the other hand, announced that 42,000 tickets were sold to the stadium with a capacity of 38 thousand.
THEY GATHERED AT THE STADIUM AND PRAYED ON THE FIELD
Players and officials of Arema Football Club gathered on the field to pray for those who lost their lives in the stampede.
Anger against the police prevailed after the incident that resulted in the death of at least 125 people in Indonesia on October 3, 2022.
In the disaster, which is recorded as one of the deadliest disasters in football history, the police officers throwing tear gas triggered the stampede and caused the death toll to increase.
FEATURES OF THOSE WHO LOSE LIVES STILL IN THE STADIUM
In the images reflected to the agencies, the clothes and shoes of those who lost their lives at different points of the stadium stood out.
Relatives of those who died in the stampede and club officials stayed in the stadium for a long time.
PEPPER GAS CAUSES PANIC
Local media also stated that the police used pepper spray during the events and some fans panicked. The flags at FIFA Headquarters were lowered to half due to the death toll, which the authorities first announced as 174 and then confirmed as 125.
EXPLANATION FROM FIFA
Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, made a statement regarding the incident and said, “The football world is in shock after the tragic events that took place at the end of the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya in Indonesia at the Kanjuruhan Stadium. This is a dark day for anyone involved in football and a tragedy beyond comprehension. My deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims who lost their lives after this tragic event. “As FIFA and the global football community, all our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Republic of Indonesia, the Asian Football Confederation, the Indonesian Football Federation and the Indonesian Football League, the victims and the injured, at this difficult time.”
21 SERIOUS 304 INJURED
In the city of East Java, where the incidents took place, the police stated that they started an investigation and stated that they would question everyone, including the police officer who was responsible for the incident and who worked in the stadium. The police stressed that they will examine the testimonies of injured victims, as well as 32 CCTV footage from around the stadium and inside. The police announced that there were 304 people injured, 21 of them seriously.
“IN THE STADIUM THERE WERE ONLY AREMA FANS”
Security Minister Mahfud MD announced on his social media account that the hospital expenses of the injured will be covered by the Malang Governorate. The Minister also emphasized that 42 thousand tickets were sold for the match played in the stadium with a capacity of 38 thousand. Minister Mahfud stated that the incident could not be caused by a discussion between the supporters of the two teams and underlined that only Arema team fans were present in the stadium on the match day and that Persebaya fans were not allowed into the stadium.
The Minister of Security said in his statement;
“I must emphasize that the tragedy of Kanjuruhan is not a conflict between the supporters of Persebaya and Arema. Because Persebaya fans were not allowed to watch that match. The fans on the field were just Arema fans. That’s why victims often died from scuffling, crushing, crushing, and shortness of breath.”