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Indonesia stadium disaster: Tear gas review, better crowd management needed say experts

Indonesian police fired tear gas to quell upset fans who invaded the pitch after Arema FC's loss to Persebaya Surabaya. PHOTO: AFP
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JAKARTA - Debate over police use of tear gas for crowd control took centre stage in Indonesia after a stampede at a football stadium in East Java on Saturday killed at least 125 people and wounded another 323 in one the world's deadliest sports disasters.

In its guidelines, world football governing body Fifa clearly states that no firearms or crowd control gas should be carried or used.

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