Spanish clubs observe minute's silence for victims of stadium crush

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Barcelona, Oct 2, 2022 (AFP) - Spanish football clubs observed a minute's silence before matches on Sunday as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in a stampede at an Indonesian game.

At least 174 people died on Saturday in Malang, East Java, as fans were crushed trying to escape tear-gas released by police after a pitch invasion following Arema FC's defeat by Persebaya Surabaya.

La Liga and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) agreed to pay respect before the weekend's remaining matches in the top two Spanish divisions.

"La Liga and the RFEF have agreed a minute's silence to offer their condolences to the Indonesian people, especially the families of the deceased in the tragedy at the Kanjuruhan Stadium on the island of Java, as well as wishing a quick recovery to those injured," said La Liga in a statement Sunday.

As well as the fatalities, at least 180 people were injured, and Indonesian president Joko Widodo ordered the country's top division to stop playing until the tragedy is investigated.

"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," said the RFEF.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez also offered his condolences while speaking at an assembly for club members on Sunday morning.

"I want to remember the victims of the tragedy which happened in the last few hours in a stadium in Indonesia, where over a hundred people died," said Perez. "Our deepest sympathy to all their families."

Spanish clubs observe minute's silence for victims of stadium crush
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