127 killed, several injured in clashes at football match in Indonesia
Jakarta: At least 127 people were killed and 180 people were injured after a crowd stampede during a riot in Indonesia's East Java province overnight, Reuters reported quoting police.
The incident happened as supporters of Javanese clubs Arema and Persebaya Surabaya clashed after the former lost the match in Malang Regency, East Java.
After Arema team lost the match, thousands of its supporters invaded the pitch. Police had to fire tear gas which led to a stampeded and caused suffocation, East Java police chief Nico Afinta told reporters.
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Meanwhile, Indonesia's sports minister Zainudin Amali told Reuters that authorities would re-evaluate safety at football matches and consider not allowing spectators after stampede killed 127 people.
"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, " Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) said in a statement.