Indonesia stadium tragedy – level 3

06-10-2022 07:00

In Indonesia, at least 125 people died, and 180 were injured in a soccer match crush; the incident was one of the world’s worst stadium disasters.

In the Malang province, the tragedy unfolded on Saturday after home side Arema FC lost 3-2 to its long-time rival Persebaya Surabaya. Frustrated Arema supporters invaded the pitch, and security responded with tear gas to control the situation.

Officials said the crush happened because fans fled the gas to the exit gate where they suffocated. Officials stated that 42,000 tickets had been sold for the match at Kanjuruhan stadium when its capacity was 38,000.

Indonesia’s president Joko Vidodo ordered the Football Association of Indonesia to suspend all games in the top League until officials complete an investigation. FIFA, the world soccer’s governing body, requested a report on the incident. In its safety regulations, FIFA specifies that stewards or police shouldn’t carry or use firearms or crowd control gas.

Difficult words: rival (a person or team that competes with another in the same activity), suffocate (to die from lack of air), suspend (to stop activity).

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