More than 125 people died in a stampede after a football match in Indonesia on October 1
Tear gas was fired after violence during an Indonesian football match.
On October 1, a stampede at the football stadium in Malang, Indonesia, claimed many lives. The match played between Arema FC Surabaya and Persebaya team proved to be fatal for many people. For those who lost their loved ones, this day proved to be more scary and painful than a nightmare. Andy Harianto is also among those who lost their loved ones in this stampede, whose life is now completely shattered.
Andy will no longer play football matches
According to media reports, Andy had come to watch the match with his entire family. He was accompanied by his wife, two daughters and a two-year-old son. Andy was present in the stands with his family when a stampede broke out on the ground. While narrating the anecdote that night, Andy told that when the stampede broke out, his son was in his lap but the wife and daughter lost their hands. He somehow saved the son and reached for medical help. After this he started searching for his family but he could not find them.
Later, he first found the body of his 16-year-old daughter, followed by the body of another daughter. His wife was seriously injured but she also died after going to the hospital. Andy’s world is ruined and he blames football as the reason. He says that he will never watch a football match again in his life. Now only son is his only responsibility in his life.
Fans’ uproar changed the match
In the football match held in Malang city of East Java province, host Arema FC lost to Surabaya’s Persebaya team 3-2, after which clashes broke out among fans. People present at the event reported that thousands of Arema’s supporters, frustrated by their team’s defeat, threw bottles and wicks at players and football officials. The fans reached the ground and created a ruckus. After this violence started outside the stadium as well and the mob torched at least five police vehicles. The anti-riot police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd, leading to a stampede. FIFA has banned the firing of tear gas shells in football stadiums.