World Cup riots in Brussels after Morocco beat Belgium

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Nov 28 2022 02:07 AM

Morocco's soccer fans react as they watch the FIFA World Cup 2022 group F soccer match between Belgium and Morocco at a fan zone at Tour & Taxi in Brussels, Belgium, 27 November 2022. EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ
Morocco's soccer fans react as they watch the FIFA World Cup 2022 group F soccer match between Belgium and Morocco at a fan zone at Tour & Taxi in Brussels, Belgium, 27 November 2022. EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Police used water cannon and teargas after coming under attack from football supporters who brought havoc to the center of Brussels on Sunday following Morocco's shock 2-0 World Cup win over Belgium in Qatar.

Dozens of fans smashed shop windows, threw fireworks and torched vehicles.

Even before the end of the match, "dozens of people, including some wearing hoodies, sought confrontation with the police, which compromised public safety," Brussels police said in a statement.

A spokeswoman said some fans were armed with sticks and a journalist "was injured in the face by fireworks".

Around a hundred police officers were mobilized while residents were warned to avoid certain areas of the city center. Metro stations were closed and streets blocked to limit the spread of the violence. 

"I condemn in the strongest terms the incidents of this afternoon. The police have already firmly intervened. I therefore advise against fans coming to the city center. The police are doing all they can to maintain public order," tweeted the mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close.

"I have ordered the police to carry out arrests of the troublemakers."

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