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Explainer: How were hundreds of corpses scattered during Indonesia football game, why were tickets sold to fans of the same team?



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Death toll in stampede at football match rises to 174
Despite the 38,000 seating capacity in the football stadium, over 42,000 tickets were sold.
Persebaya Surabaya secured a thrilling 3-2 win in a stadium full of Arema Malang supporters.

Jakarta, The death toll in a stampede at a football match in the Indonesian town of Malang has risen to 174. With several dozen people in serious condition, the death toll is estimated to be over 200 According to Indonesian media, the match between Persebaya Surabaya and Arema Malang, which took place on Saturday evening in the city of Malang, in the province of East Java, was already being played out a lot. Despite this, the same situation that the officers feared presented itself to them.

What happened during the game that got the situation out of control for the police and they had to fire tear gas canisters?

pre-game state
Officials feared that the game between the two teams could end in a violent confrontation. The organizers had already banned the arrival of supporters of one team because of fears of a clash between supporters of the two teams. In this crowded football stadium in Malang, despite the seating capacity of 38,000, more than 42,000 tickets were sold. However, sensing the possibility of a dispute, the organizers only allowed supporters of Arema Malang to sit on the pitch. According to the organizers, he did not allow Persebaya Surabaya supporters to enter during the match.

The situation worsened due to the victory of ‘Persebaya Surabaya’
In that game, which started at eight o’clock in the evening, Persebaya Surabaya secured a very thrilling 3-2 victory in the stadium packed with Arema Malang supporters. After seeing Arema Malang lose on his pitch, the spectators present of the losing team were furious. They started throwing bottles at players and football officials after the game. Soon, riots break out outside the stadium. Fans torched five police cars after overturning them, leaving the situation in the hands of security officials. Along with this, hundreds of people also started rowdying on the soccer field to express their anger. In one of these videos, fans are seen running on the ground after the last whistle.

Police fired tear gas shells at the ruler
In view of the riots sparked by the fans, the riot police went against FIFA rules and started firing tear gas canisters into the stadium itself. Many videos are shared on social media by football fans where police are seen firing tear gas canisters at people. Meanwhile, to avoid the tear gas shells, spectators started running towards the same gate, which caused a stampede. Suddenly, more than 34 people were buried in the increased crowd at the gate, who died on the spot. At the same time, many people lost their lives due to injuries and suffocation.

All games canceled
Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed regret over the incident and ordered a full investigation into the matter. He also ordered the suspension of the Premier Football League until a reassessment of match security measures and strict security measures are in place. Widodo says he hopes the tragedy will be the last football tragedy in Indonesia. Additionally, the Indonesian Football Federation banned Arema from hosting matches for the rest of the season.

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