Gianni Infantino’s message after the tragedy in Indonesia: “It was a black day for all those who love football”

The FIFA president referred to the tragedy in Indonesia. Photo: REUTERS/David Swanson (DAVID SWANSON/)

This Saturday in Indonesia one of the most serious tragedies in the history of football took place after it was confirmed that they are at least 174 the people who died after the incidents that occurred at the end of the classic between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya. While the eye is on the local club and the performance of security, the head of FIFA, Giani Infantinoconsidered as “a tragedy beyond imagining” the episode that took place in the Asian country.

the death of at least 174 fans at the Kanjuruhan Stadium, on the island of Java, occurred due to a field invasion which ended with clashes with the police, tear gas and a general stampede. “The world of football is shocked after the tragic incidents in Indonesia”, added the leader about the “black day for everyone who loves football”.

The head of the mother house of the most popular sport on the planet also sent him his “deep condolences to the families and friends of the victims who have lost their lives”, in the dramatic day. “Together with FIFA and the football community, we send all our thoughts and prayers to the victims and the well as the people of the Republic of Indonesia, the Asian Confederation (AFC), and the Indonesian federation and league in these difficult hours,” he stressed.

The tragedy that occurred in the eastern city of Malang left dozens of wounded and is one of the world’s worst recorded stadium disasters. The incident occurred when followers of the Arema F.C. they invaded the field of the stadium Karnjurhan after his team lost 3 to 2 before him Persebaya Surabayathe first loss to his archrival in more than two decades.

It should be noted that the police authorities tried to persuade the fans to return to the stands and fired tear gas after the death of two officers. The widespread chaos caused many of the victims to be trampled to death or suffocated, according to official reports.

the president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, express “your deepest condolences” and announced that it has determined “a comprehensive evaluation of the execution of football matches” and of “the security procedures for its celebration”, as well as an investigation for “find out thoroughly” the events in Malang.

For his part, the Sports Minister, Zainudin Amalihe stated in statements to the agency Kompas that would reassess security at football matches and does not rule out the possibility of not allowing spectators in stadiums. Along the same lines, the country’s main security minister, Mahfud MDwho remarked in a publication through his account Instagram that the government “has made and will continue to make improvements” in the implementation of soccer matches. In addition, he said that the stadium supposedly exceeded its public capacity, since Some 4,000 tickets would have been sold beyond its capacity.


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