At least 129 football supporters died in riots in a stadium in Indonesia NOW

At least 129 people, including two police officers, were killed in football riots in the Indonesian city of Malang on Saturday. About 180 people are being treated in hospitals, authorities said.

Riots broke out in the city in East Java province after a match between the clubs Arema FC from Malang and Persebaya Surabaya from Surabaya. Arema FC lost 2-3, after which thousands of supporters of both teams stormed the field.

Police used tear gas to disperse the fans. More than thirty people died because they were compromised on the field. The other victims later died in hospital, mainly from lack of oxygen.

On images from news site tvOne it can be seen that dozens of people in hospitals are waiting for help. There would also be fire damage to the stands and the field of the stadium in Malang.

Clubs that played Saturday are arch rivals

Arema and Persebaya Surabaya are arch-rivals. Both clubs play in the top division of Indonesian football, the Liga 1. All matches in the division have been suspended for a week and the national football association PSSI has announced that it will be investigating what exactly happened.

Indonesian Sports Minister Zainudin Amali wants stricter safety rules around football matches. He also said he wanted to investigate whether it is possible to have matches played without an audience.

The police in East Java would have advised before the game to only allow supporters of the home team into the stadium. This is because there is great rivalry between the two clubs. It is not clear why that advice was not followed.

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