Fans Riot After Unexpected Morocco Win
Morocco’s unexpected 2-0 win over Belgium during the FIFA World Cup tournament on Sunday, 27 November, sparked riots in Belgium and Dutch cities.
The match was held in Doha, Qatar, at the Al Thumama Stadium, however the shock-wave was felt across Europe and Africa as many Moroccan fans took to the streets to “celebrate” their victory.
However, riots were reported in places such as the Hague, Amsterdam and Utrecht, as well as the northern Belgium city, Antwerp.
In Brussels, Belgium, police resorted to the use of water cannons and tear gas to control rampaging supporters, who were reportedly torching vehicles, throwing fireworks and smashing nearby shop windows.
Law enforcement officials sealed off sections of the city in an attempt to contain the situation. Police spokeswoman, Ilse Van de Keere, revealed that a journalist had been “injured in the face by fireworks”.
“Those are not fans, they are rioters. Moroccan fans are there to celebrate,” Philippe Close, the Mayor of Brussels, tweeted as he urged people to stay away from the city centre.
In Rotterdam, two policemen were wounded as they were pelted with glass and fireworks while trying to dispel a group of 500 football supporters.
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