Kanjuruhan Tragedy, Arema FC Management Ready for Responsibility

49erssports.com - Arema FC management spoke about the tragedy that occurred in the match between the team and Persebaya Surabaya, in the eleventh week of Liga 1 2022/2023. The club with the clenched lion logo said it was ready to take responsibility for this incident.

"Arema FC expresses deep condolences for the disaster in Kanjuruhan," said the Chairman of the Arema FC Management Committee, Abdul Haris, in a release from Arema FC management, Sunday (02/10).

"We are responsible for handling the victims, both those who have died and those who are injured," he continued.

Previously, an incident occurred in the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya at the Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang Regency, Saturday (01/10) night. More than a hundred supporters died as a result of being trampled on and short of breath while trying to avoid the tear gas fired by security forces at the stands. In the incident, two security personnel were also killed.

This incident began with a pitch invasion action by a group of Arema supporters to express their frustration after their favorite team lost by a score of 2-3 against Persebaya Surabaya.

In addition to the more than one hundred fatalities, this riot also caused material casualties. A number of vehicles were destroyed and some of them caught fire after being targeted by the crowd.

Haris, representing the management of Arema FC, expressed his deepest apologies to the families of the victims. They also ensured that they would provide compensation to all victims of this tragedy.

"To the families of the victims, the management of Arema FC apologize profusely and are ready to provide compensation. Management is ready to accept suggestions for input in post-disaster handling," said Haris.

Crisis Center shape

Furthermore, Arema FC management will also establish a Crisis Center or Victim Information Post. This post will function to receive reports and treat victims who are hospitalized. This is to make it easier for the families of the victims to find their relatives who are looking for victims of this tragedy.

"Management will also establish a crisis center or information post," said Haris.

"This post will collect and receive reports for the treatment of victims who are hospitalized," he asserted. 

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