|A torched car outside Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang, East Java on Sunday.— AFP/VNA Photo|
JAKARTA — Indonesian police said on Sunday that 127 people had died and 180 were injured after a stampede following crowd trouble at a football match in the province of East Java overnight.
Several brawls between supporters of the two rival soccer teams were reported inside the stadium after the Indonesian Premier League game ended, with Persebaya Surabaya defeating Arema Malang 3-2.
After the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya had ended, supporters from the losing team had invaded the pitch and police had fired tear gas, triggering a stampede and cases of suffocation, East Java police chief Nico Afinta told reporters.
Hundreds of people ran to an exit gate in an effort to avoid the tear gas. Some suffocated in the chaos and others were trampled, killing many almost instantly.
More than 300 were rushed to nearby hospitals to treat injuries but many died on the way or during treatment, Afinta said.
"In the incident, 127 people died, two of whom are police officers. Thirty-four people died inside the stadium and the rest died in hospital," Afinta said.
Footage posted on social media showed a crowd of spectators rush onto the field. Moments later, police with shields and batons ran on to the field towards the crowd.
Police could be seen kicking and beating people with batons as they attempted to run from the field.
The Indonesian top league BRI Liga 1 has suspended games for a week following the match that Persebaya won 3-2 and an investigation had been launched, the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) said.
There have been previous outbreaks of trouble at matches in Indonesia, with a strong rivalry between clubs sometimes leading to violence among supporters. — Agencies