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October 19, 2022, 01.41 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - The Indonesian football stadium where a stampede killed 133 people will be torn down and rebuilt, President Joko Widodo said Tuesday, Oct. 18, as the head of FIFA pledged to help "reform and transform" the sport in the country.

Gianni Infantino met Widodo in the capital Jakarta, just over two weeks after the tragedy, and a year before the Under-20 World Cup is due to be held in the Southeast Asian nation.

More than 40 children were among those killed in the city of Malang, East Java on Oct. 1, in what Infantino described as "one of the darkest days for football".

After supporters invaded the pitch at the end of a league match between Arema FC and rivals Persebaya Surabaya, police fired tear gas into packed stands, sparking a stampede.

Also read: Indonesian President to Order Stadium Audit after Deadly Stampede

"For Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang, we will demolish and rebuild it according to FIFA standards," the President, popularly known as Jokowi, told reporters.

He said the replacement stadium will have "proper facilities that can ensure the safety of both players and supporters".

"We will reform and transform football in this country," Infantino added, flanking Widodo.

His assurances came as hospital officials said a 33-year-old man had died from injuries sustained in the crush, bringing the confirmed death toll to 133.

"What I can guarantee to all the people of Indonesia: FIFA is here with you, FIFA is here to stay, FIFA is here to work in a very close partnership with the government, with the Asian Football Confederation, and with the federation of Indonesia," Infantino said.

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