After a terrible stampede in Indonesia earlier this month, a football stadium will be rebuilt.
Following the tragedy that left 132 people, including 43 children, dead, President Joko Widodo pledged to “thoroughly transform football” in the country.
After meeting Gianni Infantino at the state palace, he said that the Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang would be demolished and rebuilt according to FIFA standards.
On October 1, police used tear gas to attack the stadium, despite FIFA banning the measure. This was after fans went onto the pitch at the conclusion of the game . This caused panic among the crowd and forced them to flee.
The stampede resulted in more than 130 deaths and 580 injuries.
According to a report by the government fact-finding team, last week, the leading cause of death was the excessive and indiscriminate use of tear gas.
According to the report, the stadium was full beyond capacity and exit doors were blocked. The match was also held at night in order to get better ratings.
A fact-finding team also claimed that more than three hours worth of CCTV footage was taken within an hour after the match was canceled. They demanded that police provide the footage and asked for the resignation of the head of the Indonesian Football Association.
Following the stadium stampede in Indonesia, FIFA and Indonesia formed a joint taskforce to ensure that the country hosts the Under-20 World Cup without incident next year.
Infantino gave the Indonesian president a red FIFA shirt with his name on it. He said that the international soccer body would work closely with the government to ensure that all stadiums meet safety standards.
President Widodo acknowledged that there must be major changes in Indonesia regarding how the sport is conducted.
He stated, “We agreed that we would transform Indonesian soccer.” “Every aspect of preparation… must be based upon FIFA standards.”
Mister Infantino said: “This country is a football nation, where football is a passion of over 100 million people. They owe us the security and safety they feel when they watch a match.