Indonesian Task Force wants FA chief to resign over stadium stampede | Football news

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The task force investigating a stadium tragedy that killed 132 people in Indonesia has called on the head of the country’s football association to resign, a top minister said Friday. A stampede caused by police firing tear gas into packed stands after a match between home team Arema FC and rivals Persebaya Surabaya on Oct. 1 in the city of Malang, East Java. An investigative team was set up as anger rose at the police response after 132 people, including dozens of children, died and many were killed in an instant as they rushed to small exits.

“Technically, the government cannot intervene in the PSSI, but in a country based on morality, ethics and a great culture, it is recommended that the head of the PSSI and all members of the executive committee resign as the form of responsibility” , says the report presented to President Joko. Widodo, referring to the football association.

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The 124-page report was released after Indonesia’s Security Minister, Mahfud MD, held a press conference in which he said the association, known by its Indonesian abbreviation PSSI, should assume responsibility for the disaster.

Rights groups and survivors told UKTN that police used excessive force in responding to a field invasion, while experts on Indonesian football said the country’s most popular sport had been poorly managed by officials at all levels for decades.

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Mahfud said the incident was more harrowing than previously known, based on CCTV footage from 32 cameras reviewed by the team.

“We found that the situation – where there were many casualties – was much more terrifying than what was seen on TV or social media,” he said Friday after meeting Widodo.

In response to the disaster, Widodo suspended all football matches until the investigation was completed and ordered a safety assessment of all stadiums.

Mahfud also blamed other football stakeholders, including Arema FC, on Friday, accusing them of negligence.

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“We also found that the stakeholders were evading their responsibilities, taking refuge under the regulations and contracts that are technically legal,” he said.

The investigative team also suggested that the PSSI revise its regulations to eliminate potential conflicts of interest between the police and the association.

The current head of the association Mochammad Iriawan is the former police chief of the capital Jakarta.

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At least six people, including three police officers, have been charged in the deadly incident.

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