Football world mourns heartbreaking Indonesia stampede deaths – SportsMediaz

World football reacted on Sunday after 174 people were killed at an Indonesia stadium following a riot and stampede on Saturday.

After the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya ended, supporters of the losing team invaded the pitch, and police fired tear gas, triggering a stampede and cases of suffocation, East Java police chief Nico Afinta told media.

AFP picks out reactions from across football:


“Devastating to hear of the events at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Indonesia last night. Shocking news.”

— Former England star Wayne Rooney.

“Heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.”

— Spain defender Sergio Ramos.

“My thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy. Indonesia holds a special place in my heart.”

— England women’s captain Leah Williamson.


“We send our sincere condolences to the victims, their families, and everyone affected.”

— Manchester United.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic events at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Indonesia. Our thoughts are with all those affected.”

— Manchester City.

“FC Barcelona is pained by the tragic events at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Indonesia and rejects all acts of violence both on and off the field.”

— Barcelona.

“Paris Saint-Germain would like to offer its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the stadium tragedy in Malang, Indonesia.”

— Paris Saint-Germain.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Malang, Indonesia. There should never be violence at a football match.”

— Ajax.


“The RFEF deeply laments the tragedy and condemns any act of violence, more so if it is in a festive setting, as a game of football should always be.”

— Spanish Football Federation. Spanish clubs will observe a minute’s silence before matches on Sunday.

“The thoughts of everyone at the Premier League are with those affected by the tragic events at Kanjuruhan Stadium last night.”

— Premier League.

“Sending our condolences and thoughts to the victims, the families and everyone affected by the tragedy in Malang, Indonesia.”

— Italy’s Serie A.

“I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear such tragic news coming out of football-loving Indonesia.”

— Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

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