Death toll from Indonesia football riot, stampede jumps to 174: Official
After supporters of the losing home team stormed the pitch in the East Java province on late Saturday, officers fired tear gas to disperse them, triggering the stampede and cases of suffocation, East Java police chief Nico Afinta told reporters.
A video shared on social media shows fans, dressed in red and blue, storming the pitch after Arema FC lost 3-2 to Persebaya Surabaya and clashing with security forces, who appeared to be wearing riot gear.
Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mohammad Mahfud Mahmodin said: "I need to emphasize that the tragedy was not a clash between Persebaya fans and Arema. Because in that match Persebaya supporters were not allowed to watch."
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