127 People Died in Riot after a Derby Match Between Arema FC and Persebaya at Kanjuruhan Stadium Malang

- 02 October 2022 09:53 WIB
Fan riots broke out at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang after Arema FC's match against Persebaya Surabaya. (Photo/ Pmjnews)
Fan riots broke out at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang after Arema FC's match against Persebaya Surabaya. (Photo/ Pmjnews)

JAKARTADAILY.ID – Indonesian football is in mourning. 127 people died, including two police officers in a riot of supporters after the derby match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang.

"(As a result of the riots) 127 people have died, two of them members of the National Police," said East Java Police Chief Inspector General Nico Afinta to reporters, Sunday, October 2, 2022.

A total of 34 people were reported to have died at Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang Regency, while the rest died while receiving help at a number of local hospitals.

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Nico explained that until now there are at least 180 people who are still undergoing treatment in a number of hospitals. In addition to the death toll, 13 vehicles were also damaged, including 10 belonging to the National Police.

"There are still 180 people who are still being treated. Of the 40 thousand spectators, not all are anarchists. Only some, around 3,000 spectators, took to the field," he said.

According to Nico, the match at Kanjuruhan Stadium actually went smoothly. However, after the game ended, a number of Arema FC supporters felt disappointed and some of them took to the field to look for players and officials.

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The security officers then took preventive measures by making diversions so that the fans did not go down to the field and chase players. In the process, officers finally fired tear gas.

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