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127 Dead After Riot Breaks Out at Indonesian Soccer Match; Over 300 Injured

This has to be the worst sports riot in the history of sports.

I can’t recall anything like it.

It is insane even to read the details.

Sports isn’t worth losing your life over. If you feel like you might riot, you must stay home and let other people enjoy the game.

Clashes between supporters of two Indonesian soccer teams in the East Java province killed 125 fans and two police officers, mostly trampled to death, police said Sunday.

Several brawls between supporters of the two rival soccer teams were reported inside the stadium after the Indonesian Premier League game ended with Persebaya Surabaya beating Arema Malang 3-2.

The fights prompted riot police to fire tear gas, which caused panic among supporters, said East Java police chief Nico Afinta.

Hundreds of people ran to an exit gate in an effort to avoid the tear gas. Some suffocated in the chaos and others were trampled, killing 34 almost instantly.

More than 300 were rushed to nearby hospitals to treat injuries but many died on the way and during treatment, Afinta said.

The Indonesian top league, BRI Liga 1, has suspended games for a week following the match, and investigation had been launched, the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) said.

There have been previous outbreaks of trouble at matches in Indonesia, with a strong rivalry between clubs sometimes leading to violence among supporters.

Every week, we see with America sports riots and fights, but nothing to this magnitude.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the dead, and the police officers, who I assume were trying to keep things under control and ended up losing their lives.

The aftermath videos of the event are terrifying to watch; hopefully, an investigation will ensure nothing like this ever happens again.

Flip the page for a video of the riot being out of control in Indonesia.

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