Horror hit Indonesia last night.
At the end of a match in Malang between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya, a horde of supporters invaded the pitch and were sprayed with tear gas by the police.
The provisional toll is at least 125 dead.
In an interview with Cadena Ser, Arema FC coach Javier Roca recounted this drama, which he experienced from the inside.
“I am mentally devastated.
I feel a load of responsibility”, first explained the Chilean technician.
He believes that if his team had not lost the match (2-3), the misfortune might not have happened.
🚨🇮🇩 Javier Roca, trainer of the local Indonesia team donde anoche se vivió una tragedia:
‼️ "Murieron 4 aficionados en nuestro vestuario en los brazos de algunos de mis jugadores"
📻 Escucha la interview completa from las 15:00h con @ GarridoCarrusel in @Carrusel pic.twitter.com/kNSrsEtQ4x
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The 45-year-old also spoke about what he saw in particular.
“Coming back from the press conference, I found chaos.
Boys were carrying the victims in their arms to our changing rooms.
There were also a lot of people in the stands who had breathing problems because of the tear gas, "says the coach, before specifying:" The most terrible thing is when the victims were taken care of to be treated. by the team doctor.
Twenty people entered and four died.
There were supporters who died in the arms of the players.
“Some fans managed to enter our locker room and ended up dying on the spot”
In an interview with Marca, Abel Camara also described what he experienced during this tragic evening.
“Before the start of the match, there was already a lot of confusion when the opposing team entered the field.
When the match ended, the opposing players left the stadium in about ten minutes in armored cars.
During this time, we went to apologize to our fans, because we had just lost the derby.
That's when the fans started to climb the gates.
The police told us to go and take refuge in our locker room, because sooner or later they could lose control of the situation,” disclosed the Arema FC player.
“We locked ourselves in the dressing room and the fans tried to get in, we had to put a table inside to block the door.
They finally managed to get in and ended up dying right there,” the Bissao-Guinean explained painfully before explaining that he “had never experienced anything like that.”