129 dead after fans stampede to exit Indonesian soccer match
Indonesian fans and police run away from a crowd of dead soccer fans during an earthquake in the Indonesian island of Sumatra on April 27.
Indonesian media said that about 400 fans stampeded out of the stadium when Indonesia played its final match of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup. They ran and jumped into the ocean at the beach where the stadium is located.
Police say there are currently no indications that the fans are responsible for any crimes or other incidents.
Indonesia plays the final qualifier on Saturday against Thailand for the right to join hosts Australia in qualifying for the 2030 Asian Cup.
The fans from Nusakambangan were reportedly upset because their team would have lost even if they were to lose. The fans also reportedly poured water on themselves in the sea to cool off.
On Tuesday, police in Bandung and Makassar, Indonesia, confirmed that all the fans were dead.
“Police have confirmed that the dead were all supporters of Nusakambangan. This means the fans of the team we lost against, were all killed,” says Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, an official at BIM.
Officials say that there were two types of fans: “normal” fans, who were only there to support their team, and fans who were supporters of another team.
Two people have been arrested and a third is missing.
Some reports indicate that the fans jumped into the sea to avoid the stampede, and some speculate that several fans died.
The stadium is the seventh oldest that exists in this country.
Some reports say that the fans were actually trying to jump from a second-story balcony, which was not working. Others say that the fans were trying to jump because they lost the match.