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Two killed in stand crush at soccer final of SEA Games

Two killed in stand crush at soccer final of SEA Games

Tragedy marred the aftermath of the 26th SEA Games men’s football final in Jakarta on Monday night, as it emerged that two home fans were killed by a crush in the stands.

The match, played on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Diamond Island stampede in Phnom Penh, saw Indonesia lose 5-4 to reigning champions Malaysia via a penalty shootout.

Tickets had been overwhelmingly oversubscribed, and a ticketing booth was set on fire by outraged supporters after officials claimed they had sold out by lunchtime.

According to reports, 80,000 tickets were issued, but many more fans had managed to cram into the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

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