At least 125 people died at an Indonesian football stadium when thousands of angry fans invaded the pitch and police responded with tear gas that triggered a stampede, authorities said. The tragedy in the city of Malang, which also left 323 injured according to police, was one of the world's deadliest sporting stadium disasters.
Arema FC supporters at the Kanjuruhan stadium marched onto the pitch after their team lost 3-2 to the visiting team and bitter rivals, Persebaya Surabaya. Police, who described the unrest as "riots", said they tried to force fans to return to the stands and fired tear gas after two officers were killed. Many of the victims were trampled or choked to death, according to police.
Many of the victims were trampled or choked to death, according to police. Survivors described panicking spectators in a packed crowd as tear gas rained down on them. President Joko Widodo ordered an investigation into the tragedy, a safety review into all football matches and directed the country's football association to suspend all matches until "security improvements" were completed.
Video footage circulating on social media showed people shouting obscenities at police, who were holding riot shields and wielding batons. Torched vehicles, including a police truck, littered the streets outside the stadium on Sunday morning.
The stadium holds 42,000 people and authorities said it was a sell-out. Police said 3,000 people came onto the pitch. Fan violence is an enduring problem in Indonesia, where deep rivalries have previously turned into deadly confrontations.