Oct 18, 2022
By Jeremy Logan
The president of soccer’s world governing body met with Indonesian president Joko Widodo, pledging to help improve stadium safety to avoid a repeat of a tragedy in which police fired tear gas at a match, causing a crush that killed 132 people on October 1, 2022.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino says the organization will bring experts and investment to improve infrastructure across the soccer-loving country of over 276 million people because “they love football, and we owe it to them that when they go to see matches, they are safe and secure.”
President Widodo said on Tuesday that he vowed to “thoroughly transform” the sport in the nation, noting that Indonesia will demolish and rebuild Malang’s Kanjuruhan football stadium in accordance with FIFA standards.
The Under-20 FIFA World Cup will be held in Indonesia next year.
The use of tear gas, according to a fact-finding team appointed by Indonesia’s president, was the primary cause of the tragedy.