“There were fans who died in the arms of players,” the Chilean coach of the Indonesian club Arema, Javier Roca, told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser on Sunday, recounting how the avalanche that caused at least 125 deaths lived in the Malang stadium.
“After the game I went to the locker room and some players stayed on the field. When I returned from the press conference I found the tragedy and the case inside the stadium. The boys passed with victims in their arms”, explained Javier Roca, coach of the local team in the match of the tragedy.
“The most terrible thing was when victims entered to be treated by the team doctor. About twenty people entered and four died. There were fans who died in the arms of players,” he added.
The incidents began when Arema fans jumped onto the pitch at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang after their team’s 3-2 loss to Persebaya Surabaya.
Police tried to disperse fans and return them to the stands by using tear gas after the death of two officers, causing avalanches and uncontrolled movements.
“I am mentally devastated. I feel a very strong burden, even responsibility. The results rule and determine what happens at the end. If we had tied, this would not have happened,” he said.
“It was shown that the stadium was not prepared, they did not expect chaos of such magnitude. It was an avalanche. Nothing like this had ever happened in the stadium, and it was collapsed by the number of people who wanted to flee. I think the police exceeded their limits. , although I was not in the field and I did not experience the outcome. Seeing the images, perhaps they could have used other techniques,” Roca added in his interview with Cadena Ser.
“There is no result, in any game, however important it may be, that is worth a lifetime,” he said.