On the main island of Java, horrific circumstances marred the end of the game when Arema FC fell to Persebaya Surabaya 3-2 at home, causing scores of Artema supporters to flood the field.
In the midst of the on-field fighting, riot police with batons rushed the field and started blasting tear gas into the bleachers and onto the field as the supporters evacuated.
A terrifying video shows spectators leaping fences in an attempt to flee the smoke, which did not go away. Some spectators are seen collapsing to the ground, losing consciousness, and being crushed by stampedes.
According to reports, several of the supporters who were encircled by the tear gas had oxygen deprivation and breathing problems. Up to 180 people may have been hurt as a consequence of the pitch invasion and the subsequent events.
More horrific video purports to show a neighboring hospital’s halls filled with rows of blue-tinted corpses.
According to local sources, hospitals are finding it difficult to handle the influx of dead and wounded patients, and as a consequence, the death toll is continuing to rise throughout the night.
As tensions between the fans reached a breaking point, further riots broke out outside the stadium. Bricks were thrown at passing automobiles, and cars were set on fire.
When he apologized “to the relatives of the victims and all parties,” Mochamad Iriawan, the head of the football organization, seemed to acknowledge some responsibility for the tumultuous and painful circumstances at the conclusion of the game.
For this reason, he said, “PSSI [the Indonesian Football Association] promptly created an investigating team and headed for Malang.”
Arema pegged Persebaya back in the fiercely fought Super East Java Derby after going down 2-0 on Saturday night.
However, Arema’s remarkable comeback fell short as they let up a late goal to lose the game, infuriating their supporters.
When order was ultimately restored inside the stadium after the disturbance, pictures of police vehicles on fire on the field surfaced.
The president of PT Liga Indonesia Baru (LIB), Akhmad Hadian Lukita, has stated: “We are worried and profoundly regret this occurrence. We send our sympathies, and we hope that everyone will learn something from this.
In the meanwhile, the winning Persebaya tweeted on Saturday night: “Persebaya’s extended family truly mourns the loss of life following the Persebaya vs. Arema FC match.” Football is not worth a single life. We pray for the victims and ask for courage for the bereaved families.