Jaishankar condoles families of victims killed during Indonesia football stampede

At least 125 people died in the stampede after violence broke out at a stadium in East Java

October 03, 2022 08:06 am | Updated 12:17 pm IST - New Delhi

Football fans pray during a vigil, after a riot and stampede following a soccer match between Arema vs Persebaya in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, on October 2, 2022.

Football fans pray during a vigil, after a riot and stampede following a soccer match between Arema vs Persebaya in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, on October 2, 2022. | Photo Credit: Antara Foto via Reuters

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has expressed condolences to the families of victims who lost their lives during a stampede at a football match in Indonesia that killed at least 125 people.

"Deeply saddened by the tragedy at the football stadium in #kanjuruhan #Malang. Extend my condolences to the bereaved families and to our Indonesian friends. Wish the injured a speedy recovery," Mr. Jaishankar tweeted.

The violence broke out at a stadium in East Java during a game between Arema and Persebaya Surabaya. At least 125 people died in the stampede, Deputy East Java Governor Emil Dardak told local media on Sunday afternoon. The resulting stampede led to cases of suffocation.

After the match in East Java province between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya ended on Saturday night, supporters from the losing team invaded the pitch to express their frustration, police said. FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Sunday said that the riot and ensuing stampede at a football match is a "dark day" for the sport.

FIFA issued an official statement in which President Gianni Infantino said that the football world is in a state of shock following the tragic incidents. "The football world is in a state of shock following the tragic incidents that have taken place in Indonesia at the end of the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya at the Kanjuruhan Stadium."

"This is a dark day for all involved in football and a tragedy beyond comprehension. I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims who lost their lives following this tragic incident," he added.

Many of the top football clubs around the world, including Manchester City, Manchester United, and Barcelona among others expressed condolences to the families affected by the horrific incident. "Manchester United is deeply saddened by the tragedy in Malang, Indonesia. We send our sincere condolences to the victims, their families, and everyone affected," tweeted Manchester United.

"Paris Saint-Germain would like to offer its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the stadium tragedy in Malang, Indonesia," Paris Saint-Germain tweeted.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the events at Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang, Indonesia. The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with all those affected at this time," Liverpool Football Club tweeted.

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