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Developed News Story | Investigation into Malang football disaster announced in Indonesia

Some 125 people were killed and hundreds more wounded after fans ran onto the pitch and police used tear gas to disperse them

Indonesia will establish an independent fact-finding team to investigate a stampede at a football stadium in which some 125 people, including more than a dozen children, died.

Indonesia’s coordinating minister for political, legal, and security affairs, Mahfud MD, said the investigation into Saturday night’s tragedy in Malang, following a league game between arch rivals Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya FC, would aim to work out what happened and identify the perpetrators.

The police chief of Malang has been removed from his position, a national police spokesman said on Monday.

“Based on the investigation carried out… tonight the national police chief has made a decision to relieve Malang police chief Ferli Hidayat from his duty and replace him,” Dedi Prasetyo told a televised press conference.

The disaster began after Arema was beaten, the first time they had lost on home turf in 23 years.

As fans rushed onto the pitch, police fired tear gas, prompting panicked supporters to rush for the exit gates.

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