Indonesia: More than 120 dead in football stampede

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By George Wright
BBC News

Torched car outside the stadiumImage source, AFP via Getty Images

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Cars were torched outside Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang, East Java

At least 127 people have died in a stampede at an Indonesian football match after police tear-gassed rioting supporters, officials say.

Around 180 were injured in a crush after Arema FC lost to rivals Persebaya Surabaya in East Java.

Videos show fans running on to the pitch after the final whistle.

Police then fired tear gas, leading to a crowd stampede and cases of suffocation, the police chief in East Java said.

Two police officers are among the dead, Nico Afinta said.

The Indonesian football association (PSSI) said it had launched an investigation, adding that the incident had "tarnished the face of Indonesian football".

The top league BRI Liga 1 has been suspended for a week.

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