Two Indonesian fans die from SEA Games soccer final
Updated: 2011-11-22 15:46
Malaysia's fans celebrate after their team defeated Indonesia in a penalty shoot-out during their SEA Games soccer final at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta, Nov 21, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]
Desperate fans burn ticket booth
Success-starved Indonesia soccer fans, desperate to watch the final of a regional tournament against rivals Malaysia, set a ticket booth on fire at the national stadium in Jakarta ahead of the game.
Police doused the flames and fired warning shots in the air, scattering a crowd of thousands of supporters who were unable to get into the Bung Karno stadium, with a capacity of 88,000, after tickets quickly sold out.
Indonesia saw off Vietnam in their semi-final and are expecting home advantage to help them to victory in the final of the Southeast Asia Games, in a re-match of their ASEAN Cup final clash last December that Malaysia won.
Indonesia, by far the biggest and most populous country with around 240 million people in the area, has never won the ASEAN Cup and played only once at the World Cup, in 1938.
Indonesian soldiers pull out a child from the crowd after a stampede during the SEA Games soccer final between Malaysia and Indonesia at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta, Nov 21, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]
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