Indonesian police say 129 people died in football riot

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Video footage from local news channels showed people running onto the field at the stadium in Malang and images of body bags.

In previous riots at matches in Indonesia, strong rivalry between clubs was identified, sometimes leading to violence between fans.

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Zainudin Amali, Indonesia’s sports minister, told KompasTV that the ministry would review security at football matches, including the possibility of not allowing spectators in stadiums.

Indonesia’s BRI Liga 1 suspended play for a week after Persebaya’s 3-2 victory and an investigation was launched, the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) reported.

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Among the global stadium disasters, 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death in Britain in April 1989 when an overcrowded, fenced-in venue collapsed at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield.

Indonesia will host the FIFA U-20 World Cup in May and June next year. They are also one of three countries bidding to host next year’s Asian Cup, the continent’s equivalent of the Euro, after China withdrew as hosts.

(Posted by Carolina Farias)

Source: CNN Brasil

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