Riots in Brussels after Morocco defeated Belgium in the World Cup


Riots broke out in the Belgian capital Brussels and several other cities on Sunday after Morocco’s historic 2-0 World Cup defeat. Reports also suggest riots in the Netherlands.

The Belgian capital is home to a significant Moroccan diaspora.

Video footage shared online showed crowds overturning and setting a car on fire in Brussels. It was not immediately clear if the protests were between rival fans of the teams, the New York Times reported.

Brussels Mayor Philippe Close said he strongly condemned the incidents. He advised fans to stay away from the city center.

“The police are doing everything possible to maintain public order,” he added.

The city of Antwerp also saw an eruption of violence after the match. Police used water cannons and tear gas after being attacked by soccer fans.

Police took action in Rotterdam, where some 500 people gathered near the city center, as well as in The Hague, Amsterdam and Utrecht, Dutch police tweeted.

Morocco showed an impressive performance against Belgium scoring the first goal from a direct free kick in the tournament. They battled and finished to a goalless draw with 2018 finalists Croatia before the historic game with Belgium.

Belgium, ranked second in the world, is having a disappointing group stage with just one goal in the tournament. Belgium won 1-0 against Canada in the first round and has an upcoming match against Croatia.


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