Singapore/Jakarta: A crowd stampede at a top-division football match in Indonesia has left 127 people dead and 180 others injured.

The tragedy occurred after a match on Saturday between Javanese rivals Arema and Persebaya Surabaya at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java when fans from the home team, which lost the game 3-2, stormed the pitch.

Nico Afinta, the police chief in East Java, said the incident had resulted in 127 deaths.

Supporters from Arema had invaded the pitch and authorities had fired tear gas, leading to a crowd stampede and cases of suffocation, he told reporters.

The police chief said two of those who died were policemen.

The remaining matches of the Indonesian Liga 1 round this weekend have been suspended.

On its official Twitter account, the visiting team said its “big family expresses their deepest condolences for the loss of life after the Arema FC vs Persebaya match”.

“No single life is worth football,” the Persebaya club said. “We pray for the victims and may the families left behind be given strength.”

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– with Reuters

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