Hillsborough survivors send message of support to victims of Indonesian football crush

The victims of a stadium crush in Indonesia have received a message of support from a Hillsborough survivors’ group.

At least 125 football fans died after a riot broke out following Arema FC’s league clash against Persebaya Surabaya on Saturday.

The Hillsborough Survivors Support Alliance sent the message of support to the victims’ families after the incident at Melang’s Kanjuruhan Stadium became one of the world’s worst stadium disasters.

Around 180 people were also hurt in the aftermath of Arema FC’s loss to their bitter rivals.

The crush took place after police tear-gassed fans who invaded the pitch.

Thousands are believed to have surged towards the stadium exits as panic spread, where many suffocated.

Football’s world governing body FIFA states no “crowd control gas” should be used by stewards or police at matches.

The Indonesian football association (PSSI) said it had launched an investigation, adding the incident had “tarnished the face of Indonesian football”.

The Liverpool Echo reported that the Hillsborough Survivors Support Alliance tweeted: “No one should go to a match and not go home”.

“Our thoughts are with the people on Indonesia and all those affected by the events at the Kanjuruhan Stadium,” the full tweet read.

“Thinking of the survivors and the families of those who died. RIP.”

A crush developed at the Hillsborough Stadium in 1989 resulting in the deaths of 97 Liverpool fans attending the club’s FA Cup semi-final.

Both Liverpool and Everton have also sent messages of support to those affected in the Kanjuruhan Stadium tragedy.

Liverpool tweeted: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the events at Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang, Indonesia. The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with all those affected at this time.”

Everton added: “Everton Football Club is deeply saddened by the tragedy in Malang, Indonesia. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and everyone affected.”