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Drama in Indonesia: the football federation bans two officials from the Arema FC club for life


The club will also have to pay a fine after the stampede which killed at least 131 people this weekend.

The Indonesian football federation on Tuesday banned two officials from local club Arema FC for life after a stampede that killed at least 131 people last weekend in the stadium where this team plays at home.

Abdul Haris, leader of the Arema FC organizing committee, and a member of the security "must not carry out any more activities in the world of football, for life", said at a press conference Erwin Tobing, Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Indonesian Federation.

He added that the club would have to pay a fine of 250 million Indonesian rupiahs (about 16,500 euros).

If the Indonesian federation has begun to sanction the officials of the Arema FC club, the majority of criticism - especially that of the supporters - focuses on the police, who responded to the stampede with the use of large quantities of tear gas.

42,000 spectators

The stands of the Kanjuruhan stadium were full to bursting on Saturday: some 42,000 "Aremania" - the supporters of Arema FC - were present to see the match between their team and Persebaya Surabaya, a rival club.

After a 3-2 defeat, the first in decades, fans took to the field to challenge players and leaders.

Police tried to control the crowd by force, with batons, according to witnesses and video footage, but this prompted more supporters to enter the pitch.

The massive use of tear gas caused panic among the crowd and, with the exits inaccessible, many died of suffocation or trampling.

In a sign of fans' anger, carcasses of burnt-out police vehicles were visible after the deadly incidents outside the stadium while numerous graffiti appeared criticizing the police.

“Our friends died here,” accused one of them.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2022-10-04

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