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At least 125 dead in football stadium crush In Indonesia

At least 125 people have died in a stampede at an Indonesian football match that has become one of the world’s worst stadium disasters.

Hundreds were also hurt in the aftermath of home team Arema FC’s loss to bitter rivals at the overcrowded stadium late last Saturday (1) in Malang, East Java.

The stampede took place after police tear-gassed fans who invaded the pitch.

As panic spread, thousands surged towards Kanjuruhan stadium’s exits, where many suffocated.

FIFA, the world’s governing football body, stated that no “crowd-control gas” should be carried or used by stewards or police at matches.

One eyewitness told the BBC that police had fired numerous tear gas rounds “continuously and fast” after the situation with fans became “tense”.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said it was “a dark day for all involved in football and a tragedy beyond comprehension”.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered that all matches in Indonesia’s top league be stopped until an investigation into the incident is carried out.