At least 174 people have died in an Indonesian football match crash that has become one of the world’s worst stadium disasters.
About 180 were also hurt in the aftermath of home team Arema FC’s loss to bitter rivals at the overcrowded stadium late on Saturday in Malang, East Java.
The crash took place after police tear-gassed fans who invaded the pitch.
As frenzy spread, thousands flooded towards Kanjuruhan arena’s ways out, where many choked.
Fifa, the world’s overseeing football body, expresses that no “swarm control gas” should be convey or utilized by stewards or police at matches.
‘It had got anarchic’ – Police
Early reports put the loss of life at around 130. However, authorities later declared a massive ascent to 174, with 11 additional individuals truly harmed.
President Joko Widodo has ordered that they must stop all matches in Indonesia’s top league until an investigation has been carried out.
Videos from the stadium show fans running onto the pitch. After the final whistle marked the home team’s 2-3 defeat and police firing tear gas in response.
‘It was bang, bang, bang’ – Eyewitness
Muhamad Dipo, 21, who was at the match, told Indonesian. After the game had ended, a few Arema fans went on the pitch to remonstrate with the home team players but were immediately intercepte by police and “beaten”.
The supporter said more spectators then took to the pitch in protest, adding that the situation became “tense”.
“Police with dogs, shields, and soldiers came forward,” he says.
Mr Dipo said he had heard more than 20 tear gas shots toward spectators at the stadium.