Officials claim at least 125 people were murdered during a soccer crush in Indonesia over the weekend. People urge Southeast Asia’s government to explain what went wrong. Violence and hooliganism have always been a part of Indonesian football, particularly in Jakarta, but the tragedy in a Java town on Saturday brought the issue to light. FIFA has requested a report as Indonesia investigates a stampede. Continue reading to learn more about the FIFA Investigates Indonesia Stampede news.
FIFA Investigates Indonesia Stampede
Indonesia’s senior security minister, Mahfud MD, stated that the government would form an independent fact-finding panel to investigate what occurred. He expected the probe to take a few weeks. On Monday, the Indonesian newspaper Koran Tempo carried a depressing front page with the headline “Our Football Tragedy” and a list of the victims. According to Nahar, a ministry worker, 17 children had perished, and seven were hospitalized.
When fans from the losing team came onto the field at the end of the game on Saturday, authorities deployed tear gas to get them to leave. This resulted in a tragic crash. Despite Arema FC’s 3-2 victory, Persebaya Surabaya fans were not permitted in due to safety concerns. According to Mahfud, the stadium was packed on Sunday.
He said that 42,000 tickets were sold for a stadium with a capacity of 38,000 people. FIFA, the governing body of soccer worldwide, has asked Indonesian football officials to report on the event. Guns and “crowd control gas” are not permitted at matches.
On Monday, Arema FC president Gilang Widya Pramana apologized to those injured in the crash and stated that he was responsible. Pope Francis prayed for the dead and injured in a speech on Sunday. Malang is being investigated because he may have been involved in one of the greatest stadium disasters in history.
“My family and I did not anticipate things to go this way,” said Endah Wahyuni, the older sister of two boys, Ahmad Cahyo, 15, and Muhammad Farel, 14.
“They enjoy soccer but never went to Kanjuruhan Stadium to see Arema play. This was their first time doing it.” On Sunday, during her brother’s burial, she spoke about the team they supported at home.
“Everyone involved in this calamity, no matter how high up they are,” Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch in New York, said Monday.