HORROR Football riots have claimed at least 127 lives, including children and police officers, after fans stormed the pitch.
Arema FC fans stormed their grounds as the side lost 3-2 at home to bitter derby rivals Persebaya Surabaya at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Indonesia.
Riot police used tear gas and beat supporters with batons to disperse the insane crowd.
Harrowing footage showed runaway bystanders climbing over fences as they tried to escape the smoke.
Another clip posted online appeared to show corridors of a nearby hospital lined with dead bodies.
Local reports suggest medical facilities were struggling to cope with the influx of stricken fans, causing the death toll to skyrocket.
Akhmad Hadian Lukita, the president of PT Liga Indonesia Baru (LIB), said league officials are “concerned and deeply regret this incident”.
“We offer our condolences and hope this will be a valuable lesson for all of us,” he said.
All remaining BRI League 1 games will be suspended for a week, while the Indonesian FA confirmed Arema will not host any more games for the remainder of the season.
The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) announced it would launch an investigation into what happened after the game.
Mr Lukita said: “We announced the decision after receiving an instruction from the chairman of the PSSI.
“We are doing this out of respect and while we await PSSI’s investigative process.”
Chairman-General Mochamad Iriawan said: “PSSI regrets the actions of Aremania supporters at Kanjuruhan Stadium.
“We are sorry and apologize to the families of the victims and everyone involved in the incident.
“The PSSI immediately formed an investigation team for this and immediately left for Malang.”
Arema took an early 2-0 lead before the away side slipped past them by two goals at half-time and a third in the second.
The loss was too much for Arema fans, who stormed the pitch in protest.
Riot police swept in to disperse the hooligans with tear gas and stormed in with shields and batons.
Police pushed fans back into the stands and were seen beating them with their batons and kicking others.
A police officer was seen playing judo kicking a spectator in the back.
The fans then began trampling on each other as they fled to safety.
Other images showed police cars burned out on the field and rioting in the streets outside after the game ended.
Local outlet Kompas claims the tear gas failed to disperse, causing shortness of breath and unconsciousness.
Persebaya’s official Twitter account posted: “Persebaya’s extended family deeply mourns the loss of life after the Arema FC vs. Persebaya game. No single life is worth football.
“We pray for the victims and may we give strength to the families left behind.”
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