At Least 129 Football Fans Dead After Chaos Erupted Mid-Match

More than 120 football fans have reportedly died after chaos and violence erupted following an Indonesian league football match. Supporters of the Javanese clubs Arema and Persebaya Surabaya clashed after Arema were defeated 3-2 at the match in Malang Regency, East Java.

The head of the Malang Regency health office, Wiyanto Wijoyo, said more than 120 people had died. Officials were still collating the numbers of injured victims, he added. The Associated Press has reported that 127 people were killed, including two police officers.

“More than 120 people died, they died of chaos, overcrowding, trampling and suffocation,” Wiyanto confirmed, adding that the total injured were definitely more than a hundred and were referred to different local hospitals.

Fighting reportedly started when thousands of Arema fans rushed into the field after their team lost. Persebaya players immediately left the field, but several Arema players who were still on the field were also attacked.

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