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Indonesian President Joko Widodo will order audit of stadium after deadly stampede

Joko Widodo was in Malang city to meet the victims’ relatives and speak to the injured in the hospital and to visit the stadium where at least 131 people were killed in the stampede.

Joko Widodo was in Malang city to meet the victims’ relatives and speak to the injured in the hospital and to visit the stadium where at least 131 people were killed in the stampede.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on October 5 that he would order an audit of all football stadiums in the country to find the “root” cause of one of the deadliest disasters in the sport’s history.

He was in Malang city to meet the relatives of the victims and talk to the injured in the hospital and visit the stadium where at least 131 people were killed in the stampede on Saturday.

“I want to know the root of the problem that led to this tragedy so that we can find the best solution,” he said.

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“I will order the Public Works Minister to audit all the stadiums used for the (football) league,” he said outside Saiful Anwar Hospital in Malang. He said he had spoken to the president of FIFA last night about improving Indonesia’s “football management”.

He entered the hospital to speak to the injured patients and said he told them to “remain spirited”. According to an official in the President’s Office, he will then visit the Kanjuruhan Stadium, the site of the disaster, on Saturday evening.

The Indonesian leader’s visit came as anger grew over the police officers’ response to the attack on the pitch, when Arema FC fans tried to contact players after their loss to fierce rivals Persebaya Surabaya.

Police called the incident a riot and said two officers were killed, but survivors accused them of overreacting.

According to witnesses and video footage, officials responded to the attack on the pitch with force, hitting and beating fans with batons, pushing fans back into the stands, where several people were crushed after firing tear gas shells or Died.

In response to the tragedy, Mr Widodo ordered the suspension of all matches, an investigation into what happened and compensation for the victims.

Indonesia’s chief security minister said a task force had been set up and the investigation would take two to three weeks.

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Police said the investigation was focused using CCTV footage from cameras installed outside the six gates of the stadium. It said the exits were open but too small for the crowds who were trying to pass through them.

But a spokesman for Indonesia’s football association said on Tuesday that some gates that should have opened 10 minutes before the final whistle. They remained closed “due to delayed orders” and officers “did not arrive”, he told a news conference.

According to police, the Malang police chief was replaced on Monday, nine officers were suspended and 19 others were placed under investigation for the disaster at the stadium.

Eyewitnesses said they were covered in smoke, their eyes prickling when they ran to the small exits. Several attendees said that the police stood by and refused to help the victims. “The place looked like a mass graveyard. Women and children were gathering on top of each other,” said Eko Priento, 39. AFP,

Indonesia’s football association also moved on Tuesday to sanction Arema FC, banning the chairman of its organizing committee and a security official from football for life and fined the club 250 million rupees ($16,500).

Mike Ira Puspita, deputy general secretary of the association, told AFP Away fans were banned due to fears of fan violence and said the match passed without incident until fans entered the pitch after the final whistle.

She said that the association sanctioned the club and its officials “due to the negligence of the whole situation”. “The police action was outside the purview of the association,” the official said. He declined to answer questions about his conduct after the match, saying, “We’re not going there.”

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