At least 174 people killed in Indonesian football riot

At least 125 people, including two police officers, have been killed in a stampede triggered by the use of tear gas to quell unrest after an Indonesian league football match in East Java on Sunday.

At least 174 people have been killed, mostly trampled to death, when angry fans invaded a football pitch after a match in Malang, East Java in Indonesia, police said.

Persebaya Surabaya claimed a 3-2 victory over rivals Arema Malang in an Indonesian Liga 1 football contest at Kanjuruhan Stadium on Saturday evening, with spectators storming the field after the final whistle.

“In the incident, 127 people died, two of whom are police officers,” East Java police chief Nico Afinta said in a statement on Sunday.

“Thirty-four people died inside the stadium and the rest died in hospital.”

Indonesian authorities said later on Sunday the death toll has climbed to at least 174 fatalities, with a further 180 injured, making the stampede one of the world’s worst stadium disasters.

At least two of the dead are reported to be police officers.