More than 100 dead after riots and stampede

More than 100 dead after riots and stampede

Indonesian football riots

More than 100 people die after a riot in a Liga1 match between Arema and Persebaya Surabaya in Indonesia.

The local team Arema lost 3-2 to Persebaya, their first loss in a home derby in more than two decades. The intensity of the rivalry had already resulted in visiting fans being unable to attend the derby in Malang, East Java.

Reports say most of the fans were trampled to death after police fired tear gas while some fans fired bottles and other items at players and officials.

FIFA does not allow the use of tear gas in football matches. According to Sky Sports:

Hooliganism abounds in soccer-obsessed Indonesia, where fanaticism often ends in violence, highlighted by the 2018 death of a Persija Jakarta supporter who was killed by a mob of hardcore fans of rival club Persib Bandung.

More on this story as it unfolds.

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Indonesian soccer disaster: Over 100 dead after riots and stampede originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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