127 Killed, The Second Biggest Tragedy in the History of Riots at the Football Stadium


MALANG, JAKTIMES.COM- The tragedy that occurred at the Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang, East Java, Saturday (1/10) which killed at least 127 people became the second largest tragedy in the history of riots at a football stadium.

The first tragedy with the largest number of casualties, quoted from the footballgroundguide.com page, Sunday, occurred at the National Stadium (Estadio Nacional), Lima, Peru, during the Peru vs Argentina match in 1964.

The incident that killed 326 people occurred due to riots in the stadium and was driven out by the police which made the spectators panicked and ran at the exit which was still closed and made many people trampled on.

The second tragedy occurred at Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang, Saturday (1/10) night, after the match between host Arema FC who lost against Persebaya Surabaya with a final score of 2-3.

Arema FC supporters who were disappointed with the defeat took vent by taking to the field to chase players and officials so that the police tried to dispel it, including firing tear gas.

Panicked onlookers ran to the exit causing a buildup. The result was fatal, many spectators were trampled, crushed, and short of breath.

In addition to the victims who died, there were 13 vehicles that were damaged, 10 of which were Police vehicles.

The third tragedy occurred at the Accra Sports Stadium, Ghana, which played a match between Heart of Oak vs. Kotoko in 2001.

The match between the two Ghanaian giants was initially favourable as Kotoko took a temporary lead, but two late goals turned things around and ended up winning the Heart of Oak.

Kotoko fans reacted badly by throwing bottles and chairs onto the pitch which the police responded with tear gas, which sent Kotoko fans out.

However, the audience did not realize that the gate did not open so that it was overcrowded and caused 126 people to die.

The fourth biggest tragedy occurred at Hillsborough Stadium, England, when the Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest match in 1989 which occurred because the crowd was overcrowded and left at least 96 people dead.

Fifth, the heartbreaking tragedy that occurred at Dasharath Stadium, Nepal, during the match between Janakpur Cigarette Factory and the Liberation Army of Bangladesh in 1988.

The match initially went well, but in the middle of the match there was a blizzard that caused the spectators to panic because 75 percent of the stadium area was still open.

The police then dispelled the crowd which led to the exit which was still closed and caused at least 93 people to die because they were crushed and trampled on (Ant/SPT)

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